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Newark and Sherwood's sporting stars of 2020 lift spirits among covid-19 chaos

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In a year dominated by restrictions and isolation, the rare moments of sport have reminded people of the importance it plays both mentally and physically.

Farndon cricketer Martyn Hill and Newark footballer Josh Burkitt both completed gruelling challenges to raise thousands of pounds for charities during lockdown, while highlighting the importance being active had on their mental health.

Collingham’s 22-year-old speed-junkie George Lepley enjoyed an outing at Goodwood Speedweek, while Newark-based team Balfe Motorsport claimed three trophies at the 2020 British GT Championship.

Newark cricketer Toby Lambert, 13, secured a spot on Notts’ emerging player programme and, during lockdown, Farndon Cricket Club scooped the Covid-19 Cup — a virtual cricket tournament voted for by supporters.

Newark’s Dean Sugden, of Suggy’s Gym, acted as the town’s very own Joe Wicks as he went live on Facebook throughout lockdown with workout sessions.

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