One thousand kids experience Olympic Legacy


On 5th July 2013 over 1000 children from across Nottinghamshire competed in the Sainsbury’s School Games.  The event which is held twice a year was the culmination of hundreds of level 2 (qualifying events) which had taken place across the county in the months leading up to the final.  All eight of Nottinghamshire’s districts and boroughs took part in a range of sports consisting of athletics, table tennis, tennis, netball, football, cricket, rounders, golf, tag rugby, boccia, mini basketball and basketball.

The competition was preceded by an inspiring opening ceremony at the University of Nottingham’s Park Campus, where there were performances from 13 year old Holly Fallon, pictured below.

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Holly gave an impressive rendition of ‘The Worlds Greatest’ and was interviewed about her choice of song by young leaders from the Nottinghamshire Leadership Academy Network. She told them that she thought the song represented the values of the School Games and that the message was ‘If you try hard enough, and believe in yourself, dreams can come true’.  Jason Gardener (Olympic Gold Medalist) and Charlotte Henshaw (Paralympic Silver Medalist) certainly agreed with this message and during their interview with Tom Burrows (Young Leader) they described their own journeys to the tops of their sports and told the young people how they had started their careers but competing in school sport just like them.

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Pictured – Tom Burrows interviewing Charlotte Henshaw and Jason Gardener.

The opening ceremony also had performances from Oakfield Dance Group who performed a contemporary dance piece inspired by the School Games values of teamwork and determination, the performers were from Oakfield School and Sports College.  They were supported by Holly Fallon who sang ‘Titanium’.

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Pictured – A performer from the Oakfield Dance Group

At the Nottinghamshire School Games we always like to end the opening ceremony with a memorable act which captures the imagination of the young people and ‘fires’ them up for the days competition.  This year was no exception and the honor went to Excelsior School of Dance who qualified for the event by winning the ‘Dance 4’ county dance festival ‘Episodes’.

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Pictured – Excelsior School of Dance in full flow

Sporting Champions provided us with a fantastic compere for the event, a young athlete call Julz Adeniran, Julz who has represented England on several occasions has a personal best for the 110m Hurdles of 13.72 and is ranked in the top 5 Nationally.  Julz introduced all the acts and guests are really spread some of his enthusiasm to the young people (and some old 🙂 ) when on several occasions he got the audience doing countdowns, cheering and generally raising the roof.

Several local dignitaries attended along with representatives of many of the UK’s most well known sporting organisations, they were thrilled by the opening ceremony and many stayed on to watch the days competitions. Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in the summer Nottinghamshire School Games. It has been a wonderful opportunity to showcase sport within our schools in the county and great news that so many children took part.”

The highlight of the day for me was witnessing an Olympic Gold Medal winning sprinter race against the children at the Sportshall Athletics.  Jason was greeted by deafening screams of excitement as he went into the arena, he was handed the microphone and asked the children ‘OK so who thinks they’re fast?‘ ‘I do!‘ they all screamed. ‘OK who thinks they’re faster than me?‘ again ‘I do‘ they all screamed. This was fantastic to see and was raising the hairs on the back of my neck.  Eight children were nominated by their teams to take part in the race, and with a little help from Jason, Corie Cote, of Ryton Park School, pipped him on the line.  For one little boy he would be able to say he’d beaten an Olympic Gold Medalist for the rest of his life.

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On your marks, get set, GO!!! (Jason Gardener races all comers at the School Games)

We hope that Corie may perhaps carry on to emulate his new hero Jason Gardener, but more than that we hope that the young people who competed at the Sainsbury’s School Games will be inspired to make sport and physical activity part of their lives.  In conclusion we’d like to thank all the leaders, volunteers and organisations who helped us to make this event possible.  Special thanks go to Sainsbury’s who have invested £10m to help us ensure that our young people get the best opportunities and experiences from sport in their county.

Photo’s by Eleri Tunstall of Ikootu Photography

This article is written by Ian Wakefield and first appeared on the Sport Nottinghamshire website.

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Milk Race 2013 – Nottingham


The history of the Milk Race is legendary in the UK having run from 1958 right up to the last race in 1993, which was the last time the race came to Nottingham.

So as a lifelong cycling enthusiast it was with great excitement that I made my way to Nottingham city centre on Sunday (26th of May) to witness the revival of one of the greatest British bike races. The revival was brought to life by Anthony Doyle MBE, a former professional cyclist who was World Pursuit Champion in 1980 and 1986.

Unlike the original Milk Race the format of the 2013 race was a criterium, meaning that the cyclists ride a circular course for a set time/number of laps, or sometimes a combination of the two, until you have a winner.

The commentators described Sunday’s course as a tight technical, but fast, three-quarter mile route which centered on Market Square and the Council House in Nottingham.

The day began with a fun ride for families and non-competitive riders around the city centre course.  Some concern was raised before the race over tramlines and how safe they would be to ride over, but the race organisers had temporarily filled the tramlines on sections of the course where this might have been an issue. The focus on families and fun was supported on the day by a collection of cartoon characters merrily dancing their way round the square, and lots of opportunities for kids to try out different bikes and of course a plentiful supply of milk.

Womens Elite Race

The first professional race of the day was the Elite Womens Race, which took place over 50 minutes plus 5 laps.  First prize was £1,000 (the same as the mens’ race).

The favourites for the Elite Womens Race were Emma Trott (Sister of Laura Trott, a double Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion on the Track) and Dani King from Southampton who won Gold in the 2012 Olympic Team pursuit and is also a double World Champion in the same discipline. The race was started by Dame Sarah Storey, herself a winner of 11 Paralympic Gold Medals.

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The racing was fast and furious with Dani King showing her class early on to pull out a quarter mile lead.  By the end of the race Dani had stretched her winning margin to almost a whole lap. The thousands of spectators lining the route were generous in their appreciation for her display of speed, confidence and endurance. The chasing group crossed the line a few minutes later in a bunched sprint with Hannah Barnes (MG-MaxiFuel) coming in second and Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda) third. For the record, my vote for most aggressive rider would certainly be for Emma Trott who consistently made big efforts to ride off the front and she was rewarded with 7th place.

Final Placings:
1 Danielle King – Wiggle Honda – 59:33:00
2 Hannah Barnes – MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
3 Amy Roberts – Wiggle Honda
4 Emily Kay – Scott Contessa Epic
5 Annabel Simpson – Team Hope Factory Racing
6 Charlene Joiner – MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
7 Emma Trott – Boels Dolmans
8 Hayley Jones – Node 4 / Giodana Racing
9 Jessie Walker – Matrix Fitness Racing Academy
10 Lucy Martin – Boels Dolmans

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Pictured: Dani King (Winner Womens Elite)

Varsity Race

Next up was the Varsity Race between the University of Nottingham and their old rival Nottingham Trent University (NTU).  Having some inside knowledge I knew that the NTU team had been training hard for this, but unfortunately they were outclassed on the day by at least half a lap by both University of Nottingham Teams.

My overriding memory of the race was listening to the disbelief of the Commentator that one of the NTU riders was riding a ‘Fixey’ (fixed wheel bike with no gears) with only one brake.  This caused some amusement from the cycling aficionados around me but, to his credit, the guy put on a good show and demonstrated that it was not all about the bike!

Pride of Nottingham

Now was the turn of the ‘Pride of Nottingham’ Race which was in the same format as the Varsity Race;   one lap per rider relay. Among the teams competing were Nottingham City Council, The Ambulance Service, Police Service and Nottingham Panthers.  The race was undertaken in good spirits with some of the competitors in fancy dress and riding a variety of different styles of bike. Joviality aside, every rider gave 100% obviously inspired by previous races, with the eventual winner being ‘Nottingham Panthers’.

Mens Elite Race

The grand finale was the Mens Elite Race which included two high profile Olympians;  Ed Clancy who won Gold in the 2012 Olympics Team Pursuit (also World Champion) and Stephen Burke who won Olympic Gold in 2012 with Ed Clancy in the same event.

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The race was to be over one hour plus 5 laps. Within a couple of laps two riders, Felix English (Rapha Condor) and French rider Alex Blain (Team Raleigh), had broken away to form a 20 second gap over the chasing group. With average speeds of around 30 mph and with less than 6 inches between riders, the race truly was a spectacle to witness close up. Each time the riders lapped the gap between them and the chase group got bigger and bigger.

With suffering etched into every rider’s face as they embraced the pain and summoned as much mental strength as they could muster to hang on to the wheel in front. With each passing lap more and more riders dropped off the back, unable to keep up with the blistering pace. Once they became lapped then they had to ride off the course.  All in all probably only half the field finished the race because of this rule.

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As the race was coming to its final few laps it was obvious that, with the exception of technical incidents or crashes,  the two lone riders would be victorious.  But who would win the final sprint? English and Blaine were trying to surge away from each other. Over and over they tried to break the shadow of the rider behind until finally, on the last lap, Felix English burst away to beat his rival by a few meters on the line.

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In the frenzy of effort to beat each other the pair had gained almost a lap on the main field, who were lead in a few minutes later by Ed Clancy MBE who won the bunch sprint to claim 3rd place.

Final Placings:
1 Felix English – Rapha Condor JLT  -01:08:58
2 Alex Blain – Team Raleigh
3 Edward Clancy – MBE Rapha Condor JLT
4 Tom Moses – Team Raleigh
5 George Atkins – 100% Me
6 David Lines – MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
7 James Williamson  – Node 4 Giordana Racing
8 Roman Van Uden – Node 4 Giordana Racing
9 Graham Biggs – Team Raleigh
10 Sam Witmitz  -Team Raleigh

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Pictured: L to R Alex Blaine (2nd), Felix English (Winner) & Ed Clancy MBE (3rd)

Final Thoughts

It would be amiss of me to end this article without making reference to the tremendous vision, commitment and organisational expertise of Nottingham City Council, British Cycling, The Milk Race, Anthony Doyle MBE and its sponsors;   including the Dairy Council, all of whom not only made the event possible but also a truly memorable experience and an event I hope will make a return to Nottingham very soon.

For all my photos from the Milk Race see:

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First published by Sport Nottinghamshire

Keeping the Legacy alive


Is there any evidence to suggest that attitudes to sport and physical activity has changed since the Olympics/Paralympics or has all the enthusiasm disappeared with the extinguishing of the flame?

Being a Chartered Marketer and having worked my whole life in sport, this topic is close to my heart, so over the next few hundred words I will attempt to put the case forward for why Marketers should continue to associate their products and services with sport and sports events in the UK and how ultimately this will benefit everyone and not just the bottom line.

The feel-good factor generated by the Olympics can persist if we want it to. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be” Just watching the Olympics, and being caught up in the national enthusiasm, changed how many people felt. This proves that we may have the capacity to change how we feel without going to doctors, dealers, publicans or supermarkets.

In my view sport, art, music and culture all have the ability to help people make up their minds to be happy. As Marketers we know that people who feel happy are much more likely, to buy things, try new things, and commit to healthier lifestyles this presents many opportunities for companies who have positioned themselves appropriately.

The London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics were not isolated events they were part of a planned ‘Decade of Sport’ for the UK, which began with the Ryder Cup in Wales (2010), then moved on to the Olympics/Paralympics 2012. In 2014 we have the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 3 Tour de France stages, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, in 2015 we have the Rugby World Cup. 2017 sees the World Athletics Championships coming to London and in 2019 the ICC Cricket Work Cup comes to England.  This is not an exhaustive list but does give a flavour of what is to come and the many opportunities for ‘Happy People’ that Marketers will be able to engage with over the next few years.

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Part of the Legacy will be more kids enjoying and playing sport.

Yes that’s all very well I hear you say but is there any evidence?  The most comprehensive measurement of the level of physical activity for the general population in England is the ‘Active People Survey’ this has been running since October 2005. Sport England announced in December that during 2012 there had been an increase of 750,000 people playing sports at least once a week since the same time a year ago and 1.57 m more people than in 2005 when UK won the Olympic bid (See Announcement).

To conclude, participation is certainly on the increase which indicates a significant behavioural change. But that’s not the only thing on the increase, major investment from the government and sponsors such as Sainsbury’s (10 million School Games) and Sky (British Cycling circa £20 million to date) is likely to generate more interest, enthusiasm, events and participation.

With the cost of physical inactivity to the UK’s government currently estimated at £900m (Source BHF), investment is only likely to increase.  I urge Marketers to ‘Play the long game’ and to engage with the sporting community, not only to improve their bottom line (and surely it will) but also to help inspire a generation and to keep the ‘Legacy alive’.

Ian Wakefield

Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

Extracts from this article were published in ‘The Marketer’ in May 2013

Tour of Britain 2012


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Article first posted on Sport Nottinghamshire website Sep 2012

Monday 10th September 2012 saw the Tour of Britain come to Nottingham for the first time in 7 years, altogether about 100 riders, including Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish who has now won 23 Tour de France stages and is ranked 4th on the tours all-time list one place ahead of Lance Armstrong, perhaps the worlds most famous cyclist.

My own start to the day was an early one getting into Nottingham at around 6.30 am. Being a keen cyclist and not wanting to be late for this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic or risk being late.

The race was scheduled to start at 10 am prompt, from outside Nottingham Castle which was a superb backdrop to such an event. As the sun was coming up I enjoyed watching the frenzy of activity as sponsor hoardings were erected, TV crews turned up, volunteers arrived and then a bit later on of course, hundreds of excited school children, all frantically waving their sponsor flags and wearing Bradley Wiggins masks took their places at the start.

Last but not least, the riders started to arrive, each one of them was required to sign on before the race started, which provided some great photo opportunities right in front of the Robin Hood statue.

I was lucky enough to get a media pass and access to get right up close to the riders.  I tried to imagine how I would feel were I about to ride to Liverpool on a bike – pretty nervous was the answer, but these guys oozed confidence, many of them bronzed from continental races, covered in scars from previous races and some sporting bandages and wounds from only the day before.

On a more light hearted note the talk on the start line was high spirited and I was amused to see ‘Wiggo’ throw his half eaten energy bar at ‘Cav’ like a naughty schoolboy. You certainly couldn’t accuse ‘Wiggo’ of not having a personality could you?

The race started with military precision at 10 am and on leaving the castle, moved through Old Market Square and on to Wollaton Park.  The first part of the race was a virtual procession (Neutralised) and the race proper started at Trowell Road, near the M1, before climbing into Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Australia’s Leigh Howard eventually outsprinted Mark Cavendish to win the stage as it ended in Cheshire, 41/2 hrs later.

Stage Result

Stage Two, Nottingham to Knowsley, 180.7km
1) Leigh Howard, AUS, Orica GreenEDGE, 4:31:09
2) Mark Cavendish, GBR, Team Sky, same time
3) Boy Van Poppel, NED, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, same time
4) Steele Von Hoff, AUS, Garmin – Sharp, same time
5) Russ Downing, GBR, Endura Racing, same time
6) Sep Vanmarcke, BEL, Garmin – Sharp, same time
7) Wesley Kreder, NED, Vacansoleil – DCM, same time
8) Nathan Haas, AUS, Garmin – Sharp, same time
9) Sam Bennett, IRL, AN Post Sean Kelly, + 0.01
10) Luke Rowe, GBR, Team Sky, same time

For all my Tour of Britain photo’s see:

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2012 Olympic Mens MTB Race


This post is in memory of Burry Stander who was killed today (Jan 3rd 2012) in South Africa by a Taxi whilst out on a training ride. Burry is pictured leading the Olympic MTB race in this posts featured picture – in the ‘Rock Garden’.

I’ve had a life long ambition to go to the Olympics, first as a competitor when I was inspired by the great Daley Thompson in 1980,  and then later as I realised that I was not gifted or talented that I would have to find another way.

On 6 July 2005 when it was announced that London would host the Games,  I was standing in the athletes lounge at Loughborough University (Where I worked) with hundreds of other sports people.  It is a moment I will always remember which raised the hairs on my neck and bought a lump to my throat.

In the years preceding the Games I applied to become a volunteer but with no luck, then tried applying for tickets twice with no luck, then a friend Rob Butcher invited me to come with him to the Olympic Mountain Bike event for which he had spare tickets.

It was Rob who had introduced me to Mountain Biking over 20 years ago so it felt good to be going with him to this special event.

The race didn’t disappoint, the venue at Hadleigh Farm in Essex was a perfect blend of steep climbs, vicious technical descents, and fast rolling sections.  The whole course was set in a bowl so you could follow the racing almost for the whole 4.75 km lap. (7 laps)

Even when you couldn’t see the riders with the naked eye, there were a selection of big screens showing the action so you didn’t lose track.

 

Kulhavy (Czech Rep) takes the lead

My over-riding memory of the event was to see Nino Schurter (current World Champion ) closely pursued by Jaroslav Kulhavy a Czech rider who had his sights set on a Gold medal.

The speed they came past me on the last lap was unbelievable, the lead changed about 6 times in the last few miles and I remember trying to imagine the pain in their legs and the burning in their lungs, but as Emil Zatopek famously said “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets, only with dreams in his head and hope in his heart“.

Jaroslav Kulhavy achieved his dream on the 12th August 2012 to beat the World Champion and to become Olympic Gold Medalist.

 

World Champion Schurter pursued by Kulhavy Gold Medalist

One rider who deserves a special mention is Adrien Niyonshuti from Rwanda, for him, just getting to the Olympic Games as a competitor was worth more than a dozen Gold Medals.

 

 Niyonshuti comes into the pits

Niyonshuti was 7 years old when the ethnic majority Hutu tribe started to massacre the minority Tutsis. The rampage lasted 100 days, from April to July 1994. Niyonshuti’s six brothers were among the dead. He survived after hiding in the bush for a week with his parents. For some athletes just showing up is glory enough.

That’s not to say he was there to make up the numbers, far from it, he was only 10 minutes behind the World and Olympic Champion, his story will always be a source of inspiration for me.

My Photo’s and words in the Leicester Mercury

Cycling Peddars Way – Norfolk


I recently cycled Peddars Way in Norfolk with my brother and have decided to document my ride both for my own records and for the information of others:

Always looking for a new challenge and living away from my home county of Norfolk,  I thought riding Peddars Way  would be an ideal opportunity to have a great day of riding whilst seeing some great sights and visiting my family.  I began by convincing my brother what a great idea it would be, and although he was reticent at first because of the distance (58 miles), we agreed that we would take it easy, stop as often as we needed and I would lead as much as possible so he could draft me.  As it turns out none of this was necessary (read on).

We decided to do the ride on Saturday the 28th July, which frustratingly turned out to be the same day as the Olympic men’s road race, where Mark Cavendish was expected to win Gold.  So much for forward planning 😦

Finding the start

It wasn’t long before the day had arrived and we set off armed with maps, fuel, and enthusiasm.  Our agreed starting point was a place called Knettishall Heath near Diss in Norfolk.  For anyone wishing to follow in our Tyre marks, park or get dropped off at the Knettishall Heath Country Park car park. Then turn south out of the car park (away from your destination), turn right as you exit the car park, ride for about 800 m until you come to a small car park on your left.  Then on the opposite side of the road about 50 m further on is where the trail starts.  58 miles North ish takes you to Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast.

They’re off

The first 10 miles of the ride are probably the fastest as they are through wooded  singletracks.  As we followed the trail we kept coming across a group of MTX riders who were also riding down to the coast (Although this is not permitted for MTX!).  Being an eternal optimist I said to my  brother, “I think we can beat these down to the coast !” as I knew they would have to keep stopping, and would probably have to take the long way round at some points.

My brother (Jeremy) wasn’t impressed with my ‘haring off’ after the bikes and sensibly stuck to a comfortable pace (wish I had done the same!).

My brother (Jens)

Jeremy a keen cyclist who enjoys XC but is more comfortable on his road bike, was I think it was fair to say a little apprehensive about riding 58 miles XC with me.  Training for at most an hour at a time,  I think he was worried what 6 hrs in the saddle would do to him.

He needn’t have worried as after 40 miles I was starting to flag and Jeremy was taking the lead and riding like a man possessed.

I told him he reminded me of Jens Voigt one of my favorite riders, who like him was a big powerful rider, who rode massive gears. Somehow it made me feel better to compare him to a rider such as Jens, as I was having trouble keeping up with him.

Halfway

We stopped in Castle Acre for lunch which was about half way and an ideal place, full of quaint little bric-a-brac shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Castle Acre Church

The section between 20 miles and 40 miles were the most difficult,  riding through at times long grass, then sand, then long grass again, and over an undulating profile.

This sort of terrain was gradually sapping my strength and despite having ridden 100 miles the weekend before in under 5 1/2 hrs I was running out of steam and Jeremy gradually left me behind. Although he always waited at crossing and route points for me to catch up.

Over 40 years we’d built up  healthy sibling rivalry and during my ‘suffer time’ I was trying hard to justify how it was, that my brother who doesn’t ride competitively (as I do) and who only trains for an hour at a time was dropping me like a hot potato?  I was after-all riding quite well I thought.

My only conclusion was that he really was a natural bike rider, with great natural power from years of playing  badminton, and that he really hadn’t tested himself before like he was on our ride, it was I thought a confidence thing for him, as he obviously had the ability to ride hard for at least 40 miles XC.  What else could I come up with?  All my training would be wasted…

Jens Voigt having a well earned rest

For those wondering, the 58 miles including a 45 min stop half way and another 15 min stop further on took us about 6 hrs, and we averaged about 12 mph.  Less ambitious cyclists should not be deterred, the ride really is a ‘must do’ and at a slower pace would have been much more enjoyable. The whole of Peddars Way is ride-able despite maps indicating to the contrary, and the terrain varies from wooded fire trails, to grassy climbs and quiet country roads. It’s so easy to follow as it’s almost dead straight.

I can see the sea!!

The first time you see the sea, coming out of Ringstead, there is a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment having left all those strength sapping miles behind you.

On our journey which was on a beautiful summers day we passed no more than 10 people.  Remarkably the trail passes through very few villages, maybe two or three, so take the opportunity to stop when you can, as if you wait for the next opportunity it may be 20 miles coming, and yes for anyone wondering we didn’t beat the guys on MTX bikes, although my legs felt like they’d tried pretty hard.

Thanks to my brother for making me want to be a better bike rider!!

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Mypastforme – a shrinking world!


Ever heard the phrase ‘Six degrees of separation’?  It’s intended meaning is that every person in the world is potentially 6 steps or people away from an introduction to everyone else on earth.

Well where did this theory come from? It is thought to have come originally from a Hungarian author called Frigyes Karinthy.  In 1929 he published a series of short articles including a piece called ‘Chains’ and although fictional he hypothesised that because of increased, wealth, ability to travel, social mobility and better communication that the world was shrinking and as a result he wrote that any two characters in his story could be connected through no more than five acquaintances only one of whom was known personally.

This was nearly 100 years ago now, and in my opinion despite the world’s population more than trebling from approx 2 billion in 1929 to over 7 billion in 2012  ‘Six degrees of separation’ is even more likely to be true today.  Why is this?  It’s obvious isn’t it? – the Internet!

With social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin this is a real possibility,  to demonstrate this I’ve recently connected with a 9 th cousin on Facebook,  I’ve been Tweeted by Olympic Gold Medallists and introduced friends to Premiership Football Managers through Linkedin.  Prior to the internet surely these type of interactions would have been at the most extremely unlikely for an ordinary person like me.

However the bit that really interests me is how the internet has opened up the possibilities for us to trace our ancestors, our roots. Since developing a personal interest in Genealogy some years ago, I’ve made a series of seemingly random discoveries about how I’m connected to people and places.  I have noticed that the harder I look the more connections I seem to find.

As a result a handful of my friends are now also in my family tree as are 2 ex girlfriends and my current girlfriend is also my 11th cousin. No jokes about in breds from Norfolk please.

So with sites like Ancestry.com and Genes Reunited, as long as you have the time and the patience it’s relatively easy to trace your tree and shrink your world, but this can be time consuming and frustrating.

In January 2012 I created a website called http://www.mypastforme.com to help people trace their ancestors.  If you don’t have the time, patience or knowledge but would really like to have a permanent record of your Family Tree, for future generations or even an elderly mother or father then please check the website.

www.mypastforme.com 

Feature picture is the Earl Family from the North End area of King’s Lynn, included in the picture is my G Grandfather William Jacob Earl and his Father William Whitehead Earl.  The Northenders as they were known was a poor, hardworking and proud community located in the dock area of the port town of King’s Lynn.