Sport in Brief:

Iconic climbs challenge

Some of the most iconic climbs in the Peak District will feature in the Phil Liggett CTC Cycle Sportive Challenge Ride on Sunday.

Known to many as ‘the voice of cycling’, Liggett, former CTC president, has been commentating on the Tour de France and all the top road races in the world for over 25 years.

He was also the race director on the Milk Race for more than 20 years and the Peak District was a favourite area for him to bring the event to. As a result, the Phil Liggett Sportive was born and this is the 12th year it has taken place.

The course takes in several famous climbs including Holme Moss, Winnats Pass and Monsal Head. There are two routes available, 100km and 150km, with the well established longer route taking in over 2600m of climbing. Entries can be made on-line or by post with a discount for CTC members and group bookings for teams of four or more. Entry fees: CTC member £17, Non-member £27, Team of four £60.

As with all CTC sportives, all profits go back into cycling projects.

For full details and to enter on-line visit

Ranking tournament

Sheffield is set to host one of the most important table tennis events in the run-up to London 2012 Paralympics.

Over 300 elite players from 39 countries will take part in the British Open Championships at the English Institute of Sport from September 14-17.

The high profile tournament will be the perfect opportunity for participating athletes to secure ranking points for the 2012 Paralympics.

A squad of players from the Sheffield-based GB team, including Sue Gilroy and Kim Daybell will be aiming high after a string of recent medal successes at competitions in Slovakia, Romania and Germany.

To find out more visit

Silver service for Sam

Up-and-coming judo ace Sam Hall captured a silver medal on the opening day of the European Youth Olympics Festival in Trabzon, Turkey.

The 15-year-old from Shiregreeen, won three of four contests in the -55kg category to seal the biggest result of his young career.

Sam, a member of the Ryecroft Judo Club, had a bye in the first round before defeating Moldovan Iulian Peaticovschi.

A win over Croatian Tim Mihael Capar sealed a semi-final meeting with Ukrainian Pavlo Skopnenko and a yuko and two waza-ari scores earned him a place in the final. Golden glory just eluded him when he narrowly lost out to Dzmitry Minkou of Belarus.

Rugby training camp

Budding Jonny Wilkinsons can warm up for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup with a week-long training camp designed to find the future stars of the game.

Ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand this autumn, 12-to-14 year olds can improve their skills at the Mount Rugby Academy, in the grounds of Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, from August 15-19. Level 3 qualified coaches, who have worked at Regional, Schoolboy and Premiership Union and League level, will deliver sessions covering all the latest techniques and skills.

For more information or to book visit, email or call 01246 431990.

Soccer sixes league

The Soccersixes six-a-side leagues in Sheffield are looking for teams for Monday nights. All matches are played at Sheffield Utd Academy Indoor 3g pitches. Entry is free and all teams will receive a free week or cheaper games. For more details contact Soccersixes on 07909-094621, 07896-562501 or email