50 best Saffron moments - 30 - 21

PUBLISHED: 11:10 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

30 IN RESPECT Tributes were paid on Saturday to the four men from Saffron Walden who died in the Battle of the Somme (July 6). War historian Bob Pike, who lives in Saffron Walden, travelled to the region of France where the battle took place, to mark the

30 IN RESPECT

Tributes were paid on Saturday to the four men from Saffron Walden who died in the Battle of the Somme (July 6). War historian Bob Pike, who lives in Saffron Walden, travelled to the region of France where the battle took place, to mark the 90th anniversary of the bloodiest day in British military history. Mr Pike went to France particularly to remember the four men from Saffron Walden who died in the battle.

29 SILVER MEDAL

Kieran Grieg of Saffron Walden Hockey Club starred at the East of England clinched silver medal in the under 13 regional tournament (July 6). The East of England team recorded excellent victories against North of England, West England, Scotland and the South West to win their group be for losing to the Midlands in the final.

28 RUNNER-UP

Villagers are celebrating after Ashdon was named the runner-up in the 2006 Calor Essex Village of the Year competition (July 13). It finished second behind Rayne. Parish council clerk David Green said: "It is a great reward for all the hard work we all do. We like to keep the place looking neat and tidy, but we don't live in a chocolate box village - we are keen to make sure Ashdon is a lived in and worked in place.

27 FUNRUN

Patricia Mathieson of Saffron Walden was the second woman to finish the 20th annual Stansted Fun Run (July 6). The event, which was first organised by Sir Bob Geldoff in 1986, helped to raise over £3,500 for charity.

26 AUTHOR VISIT

Celebrity author, Nick Hornby, was the star attraction at the first ever Saffron Walden Literary Festival (July 13). The best-selling writer was a surprise coup for the organisers of the festival. Mr Hornby has a strong link to the town from his days of visiting Saffron Walden Football Club to watch games.

25 IRON MAN

Howard Williams, of Saffron Walden, was feeling exhausted after taking part in one of the hardest triathlons in the world (August 3) - the gruelling Klagenfurt Ironman contest in Austria. The father-of-two completed the 112-mile cycle ride, two-mile swim and 26 mile run in 13 hours and 21 minutes. Around 2,200 contestants from all over the world took part in the challenge.

24 ON THE TRAIL

Historic buildings and sights in Saffron will feature on a new trail to be introduced next year (August 10). Saffron Walden Initiative applied to the Local Heritage Initiative for £21,000 towards funding the project. The money will be spent on leaflets, maps and numbered posts to direct people around the trail.

23 SOLDIER ON

A bite to eat cost three soldiers from Carver Barracks first place in the Three Peaks Challenge (August 10). Sgt Darren Mills, Staff Sgt Rich Brown and Cpl Andy Lamb took part in the race to the top of Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Mount Snowdon. The team finished in18hrs 9mins but lost crucial minutes after stopping for lunch during their travelling time. They raised £2,000 for Action for Medical Research.

22 TOP MARKS

STUDENTS in the area were celebrating last week as A-level results were announced, with the overall pass rate up slightly from last year (August 24). As well as students at the Saffron Walden County High School enjoying another year of top results, those at Newport Free Grammar School and the Friends' School in Saffron Walden also achieved very good grades. One gifted student, Nicole Atack from Langley Upper Green, obtained an astonishing 10 A-levels at grade "A".

21 PDPFPD

Three Walden men took part in the UK national Ironman championships held at Sherbourne castle in Dorset (August 24). Phil Dobson, Darren Thomas and Graham Milligan all competed in the prestigious event, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26 mile run. The three men took part in the event, among over 1,200 competitors from all over the world, and completed the event in less than 13 hours.

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