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Man from south Wales scoops huge lottery win

A man from Beddau is planning to see the world after winning over £1.5m on the Lotto jackpot prize.

Bags packed: Clive Osborne is planning to travel following his win. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Fifty-two-year-old Clive Osborne matched all six number in the draw, making him an instant millionaire.

A former warehouse worker, Clive currently acts as a full-time carer for his elderly parents who are both in their eighties.

But after scooping £1,564,628, Clive is hoping to travel around India and Thailand.

“I was totally shocked when I realised that I’d won, I haven’t slept for days. My parents thought I was joking and didn’t believe me until the winners advisor from Camelot came to confirm my winnings. The news hasn’t really sunk in yet, so I haven’t had a chance to decide what I’ll spend my money on but one thing this money will give me is the freedom to travel around Asia – I would love to visit India and Thailand. I have travelled a bit in the past but now I’m looking forward to seeing more of the world.”

– Clive Osborne
Clive Osborne also plans to treat his family. Credit: Matthew Horwood

A keen amateur photographer, Clive is also planning to treat himself to a state-of- the-art camera and a new tablet. He also plans to splash out on gifts for his close family.

“It’s great to be able to treat people to something special and everyone is working on their lists at the moment. There is a bottle of champagne in the fridge but we haven’t celebrated the win just yet, I want to wait until the money is in my account and I know it’s real!”

– Clive Osborne



Running short? Newport Half Marathon measures under

The Newport Half Marathon was over 600 metres shorter than it should've been. Credit: City of Newport Half Marathon

The Newport Half Marathon was over 600 metres shorter than it should've been, its been confirmed.

After a series of concerns following the race on the 1st March, the course was remeasured and found to be 636 metres under the required 13.1 miles.

Phil Cook of the Association of UK Course Measurers confirmed the actual distance after remeasuring the course on Wednesday.

Welshman crowned National Adventurer of the Year

A young Welsh explorer who walked solo across Mongolia has been crowned National Adventurer of the Year.

Ash completed his journey pulling a 120kg trailer. Credit: Ash Dykes

24-year-old Ash Dykes spent 78 days crossing 1,500 miles of the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe last year - becoming the first person ever to walk across the Asian country alone.

Mongolia is the second-largest landlocked country on earth at 603,930 square miles and the most sparsely populated with only 3,133,318 people - averaging just 5.19 people to every one square mile.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer who was first to reach both Poles, first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis, praised the the young adventurer from Colwyn Bay, saying it was "an example of great determination".

Ash had to contend with heat exhaustion and sandstorms. Credit: Ash Dykes

Ash dragged a 120kg home-made trailer behind him all the way from the small settlement of Olggi in the West to the town of Choybalsan in the East.

It carried the dehydrated food ration packs, 25 litre water butt and camping equipment he needed on his trek.

His longest day of walking saw him on his feet for 14 hours as he covered 55km. And he reached a peak altitude of 2,700m along the way.

The National Adventure Awards are a celebration of the very best of international adventure by people across the UK - and Ash was crowned National Adventurer of the Year after a public vote, coming out on top from 39 other competitors.

"I feel humbled to have received the most votes. I would like to say how proud I feel and I didn't expect such support from the public...I am in preparation for my next world first adventure now. It is something no one has done before and I will be revealing it very soon."

– Ash Dykes

Centre developed to mark anniversary of Welsh emigrants to Patagonia

Over a million pounds has been awarded to the creation of a new tourist and heritage centre within a church in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd, to mark the 150th anniversary of first voyage of Welsh emigrants to South America.

The church will now be turned into a community and visitor space.

The Heritage Lottery Grant will restore and bring the Grade II listed Eglwys Deiniol Sant back into use for the first time since 2006 and will include an exhibition space to share the story of the first Welsh colony in Patagonia in 1865.

Eglwys Deiniol Sant was built in 1873 on the site of a medieval building.

"Llanuwchllyn has such a rich history and as we mark 150 years since the Mimosa's (the ship that carried the Welsh emigrants) voyage to Patagonia, we're thrilled to be able to support a new local heritage centre and help them celebrate this important anniversary."

– Jennifer Stewart, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales
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