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The London Pride Spinhalers in action


WHEELS IN MOTION


Four cyclists from Corsham, captained by Bath Rugby Legend John Hall, are to race 3,000 miles across America in support of Asthma UK. The Race Across America is recognised as the toughest endurance cycling race in the world – one third further than the Tour de France, with no stops! The team start on 14 June in Oceanside, California and expect to arrive on the East Coast seven days later. John Hall, Martyn Grant, Sir James Fuller and David Shephard make up the London Pride Spinhalers and have been training for a year with the hope of maintaining around 18mph – day and night – along the route, which includes over 170,000


A grand design


A sixth-year architecture student at the University of Bath has been crowned winner of The One Show Garden Design Challenge. Her design, inspired by the Roman Baths, will now be created for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. Alex Noble’s garden includes nine reflective pools emulating the Roman underfloor heating system known as a hypocaust, and serve as a reminder of Bath’s historic relationship with water. The surrounding tall grasses represent the city’s famous façades of Bath stone. The competition challenged amateur gardeners and designers to come up with a garden celebrating their local community’s heritage, with the winner announced on The One Show in April.


“This competition was a wonderful opportunity and I am looking forward to realising the design in July!” said Alex.


feet of vertical climbing. The team are all members of the Antonia’s Riders Corsham cycling club, set up in memory of Antonia Thomas from Corsham, who tragically lost her life when she suffered a sudden asthma attack in 2009, aged just 10 years old. “We are proud to be the only UK four-man team taking on the challenge, and for a cause that has touched us all deeply,” said John. Antonia’s father, Jeff Thomas, who is driving one of the support vehicles, added: “It’s hard enough just driving across America – what these guys are doing is inspiring and will help asthma sufferers nationwide.” For more: www.spinhalers.co.uk


HORTICULTURE


Martin Gledhill, director of studies added: “In winning this prize, Alex demonstrates the important and sometimes overlooked link between architectural and horticultural sensibilities.”


Alex will now work with professional mentors, The One


Show gardener Christine Walkden and award-winning designer Adam Frost to create her garden. For more: www.rhs.org.uk


Sir Alan Ayckbourn THEATRE


MILESTONE VISIT


Acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn is to visit Bath this week, as part of Next Stage Theatre’s 20th birthday celebrations.


Sir Alan and Lady Alex’s winning garden plan


Ayckbourn will attend The Mission Theatre, at which Next Stage is the resident company, to watch a matinée performance of the Tony Award-winner’s House and the evening production of sister play Garden. They will also be joining the company’s patrons and friends at the Roman Baths for an evening reception to mark the milestone. For more: www.next-stage.co.uk


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