IN the spring of 2004 a local golfer and his club professional teamed up in a bid to win a dream trip to Portgual.
Amateur player Ken Poole and Ingestre Park pro Danny Scullion were preparing ten years ago to start out on the road to the final stages of the Lombard Trophy/
Poole, a company director from Castlefields, Stafford, earned his spot after winning the club qualifier with a nett 69. They would go on to contest the regional final at Little Aston GC.
The winners of each regional event would earn a place on the plane to Portugal for an all-expenses paid trip in September of that year.
During that same period, members of Apex Swimming Club enjoyed a busy spell.
In the first round of the Diddy League at Halesowen the team finished fourth . First places went to Keira Wilkinson, Matthew Gee, Adam Rowe and the 10-year girls relay team.
Universal D got back to winning ways in the Moss Pit Bowls League with a 10-1 victory over Stafford A, with wins for Maurice Lowndes (21-8) and Dave Hanlon (21-9).
County Officers enjoyed a good afternoon, running out 9-2 winners over Littleworth A, thanks to John Cussons (21-6) and Roger Moore (21-9).
Several members of Walton Chasers Orienteering Club competed in a physically tough event near Crich in the Peak District.
In soaring temperatures the best club result was achieved by Keith Elley who won the green course by two minutes, with Jane Christopher 21st, Tim Gray 58th, Seonaid Dudley 69th and Marlene Palmer 71st.
Just a week after completing the 2004 London Marathon, two local runners tackled the Shakespeare race over 26.2 miles.
Pete Sarson (Stafford Harriers) finished his fourth marathon in five weeks, clocking 3:15.15. Meanwhile, Lew Badger (Stone MM) completed the Stratford race in 4:36.11.
Around the local leagues in 2004 and Romulus won the Midland Combination Premier, with Brocton in 13th spot. Emerald Club B led the way in the Stafford Ladies Darts League division one.