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More live international darts from the England Open on Front Runner this weekend

England Darts Organisation’s flagship international event the England Open is being televised LIVE on Front Runner this weekend – with some of the world’s best players competing for the coveted titles.

The English National Championships and the 10th England Open will be broadcast live on Saturday (June 17) and Sunday (June 18) to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.

On Saturday, Front Runner will air the National Singles Men’s and Ladies Finals from 4.30pm, and the main show will start on Sunday at 3pm with six hours of darts from The Men’s, Ladies and Youth stage finals.

Filming will take place at the Bunn Leisure Holiday Centre in Selsey, near Bognor Regis, in West Sussex – a venue which has become famous through hosting this popular annual event.

Players competing in the men’s categories include:-

  • World Champion Glen “Duzza” Durrant, who will return to defend the titles he won last year;
  • Northumberland’s Gary “Big Robbo” Robson, who will mark his 50th birthday attempting to retain his National Singles Title from last year and also win his second open title following his previous victory in 2011;
  • Wesley “Sparky” Harms who leads the Dutch invasion of players and will be bidding for his fourth title as the most successful player in the history of the event; and
  • Scotland’s Ross “The Boss” Montgomery who leads the invasion from the north in a bid to win his second title.

Players lined up for the women’s categories are:-

  • Deta “The Dark Destroyer” Hedman, who bids to retain both her Open and National Singles Titles from last year;
  • Anastasia “From Russia with Love” Dobromyslova, Russia’s former three-times world champion;
  • Trina “Golden Girl” Gulliver MBE, 10 times world champion; and
  • Lisa “The Lancashire Rose” Ashton, who is the current world champion and is attempting to win her first England Open title.

In the youth categories, Owen Maiden from the West Midlands and Yorkshire’s Beau Greaves will attempt to defend their previous titles.

Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the England Darts Organisation, said: “The England Darts Organisation is thrilled that Front Runner is transmitting our flagship event which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.”

He added: “We hope this strengthens our current and future collaboration with the channel, which also broadcast The Isle of Man Open and British Internationals live from their respective venues earlier this year.”

Ross Ravago, from Front Runner, said: “We’re really pleased to be offering another weekend of live international darts on Front Runner. Be sure to tune in from 4.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday for all the action at the the English National Championships and England Open.”

Schedule of matches and times can be found on www.englanddarts.co.uk.

See listings for further information. Front Runner is available on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.

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Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion to make UK television debut on Front Runner

Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide is set to be broadcast on UK television for the first time in its history, exclusively on the free-to-air sports channel FrontRunner.

The first show will be aired this Wednesday (14th June) at 9pm to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91. It will then be aired weekly every Wednesday night.

The fast action wrestling style of Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year, offers wrestling fans the chance to see some of the world’s greatest luchador wrestlers such as Johnny Mundo, Angelico, La Parka, Super Fly, Drago and luchadora Taya.

The Mexican promotion showcases the best ‘lucha libre’ style wrestling, focusing on rapid sequences of chain and grapple wrestling manoeuvres as well as high-flying offence from the top ropes. Many of the international competitors wear masks when competing.

Ross Ravago, from Front Runner said: “We are thrilled to be able to broadcast one of the biggest wrestling company’s to UK wrestling fans and believe that it is a fantastic alternative to similar programmes already shown in the UK.

He added: “Wrestling has a long heritage both here in the UK and in Mexico and we are delighted to be able to gain the rights to broadcast this world renowned weekly episodic show, every Wednesday night from 9pm.”

About Front Runner

Front Runner is the UK’s first and only free-to-air dedicated sports channel and leads the way in showcasing the best in action sports from across the globe. It offers the latest news from the worlds of motorsport, professional fighting and live sports. Along with adrenaline-fuelled action, there’s also darts, poker, comedy and chat. Updates are available through the Front Runner‘s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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“It took me a long time to realise an Olympic silver medal was a great achievement…”

In the 1980s, Neil Adams MBE was an international judo champion, among the best in the world and a household name. To mark 50 years in the sport, he reflects on his life and career in a documentary aired exclusively on Front Runner this month.

Adams’ achievements are impressive. An international judo champion, he was the first British male to win the World Championship, secured two Olympic silver medals and seven European Championship titles.

He represented Great Britain at the Olympic games in Moscow and Los Angeles alongside fellow team members Duncan Goodhew, Sharron Davies and Sebastian Coe.

It could be argued that Adams’ success contributed to the increased popularity of judo, projecting it into a sport that’s still enjoyed today by youngsters and adults across the country.

Despite all of this, Adams reveals that missing out on the Olympic gold medals affected him for years afterwards.

He says: “I was on the telephone after the medal ceremony in Moscow and was just mortified that it wasn’t gold – and that I wasn’t an Olympic champion.

“After the second [Olympic silver], I remember phoning home and I felt a failure; I felt I’d let someone down.

“My family said: ‘Of course you haven’t let anybody down, it’s just one of those things’.”

But it shattered Adams, and he had to come to terms with what happened. It took time, and for many years the awards were stored in the loft of his Warwickshire home – tucked well away from public view.

“It took me a long time to realise an Olympic silver medal was a great achievement,” he added.

As well as Adams’ sporting career, he also speaks candidly about his personal life: his money struggles, meeting his beloved wife Niki and a drinking problem that got out of hand.

He also opens up about the sudden and devastating death of his brother Chris Adams, who was a professional wrestling star.

Even today, judo still plays an important role in Adams’ life. He is still a competitor, an international coach, mentor for athletes and now a broadcaster and sports commentator.

Stuart Williams, the documentary’s presenter, said: “Neil Adams was very frank throughout the interviews and there was no area that he wasn’t willing to go into. It was a real privilege to be part of this.”

Neil Adams documentary will be shown on Front Runner on 30th June at 6pm. 

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Win a pair of tickets to British GT!

The only thing more exciting than watching live British GT on Front Runner is to be there yourself – smelling the tyre rubber, hearing the exhausts pop and cheering on the drivers. Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren and many more manufacturers will be represented by top British teams all racing flat out for a shot at British GT honours.

So we’re giving lucky fans the chance to take it all in at Silverstone, Northants, on the weekend of June 10/11 with a pair of weekend entry tickets for each winner.

To take part, visit our Twitter page and follow the instructions to be in with a chance to watch the likes of Sam Tordoff, Kelvin Fletcher, Jonny Adam, Seb Morris and more fight wheel to wheel.

Full terms and conditions for this competition are below. Good luck!

British GT ticket competition terms and conditions:

These rules and any other rules specified by Front Runner (the “Company”) from time to time (“Competition Rules”) apply to any competition which is run by or on behalf of the Company (“Competition”). By taking part in a Competition, you agree to be bound by the Competition Rules and by the decisions of the Company which are final in all matters relating to the Competition. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or winner in its absolute discretion for any reason and without notice in accordance with the Competition rules.

All entries must be received at the place specified during the period in which the Competition is open and late or incomplete entries will be disqualified. Proof of posting (if relevant) shall not be deemed proof of delivery. No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are lost, delayed, misdirected or corrupted during delivery to the place specified for any reason whatsoever.

Entries must be submitted by an individual (not via any agency or similar) and, unless otherwise stated, are limited to one per person. Prizes may be provided by a third party sponsor of the Competition. The Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute any prize with cash or a prize of comparable value.

The winning entry will be that which has met the entry criteria and which most closely meets the Competition criteria specified.

Unless otherwise stated, each Competition is open to all GB residents of 18 years and over, except employees of: (a) the Company; and (b) any third party appointed by the Company to organise and/or manage the Competition; and (c) the Competition sponsor(s).

By entering a Competition you:

  • grant the Company, any third parties appointed by the Company for the purpose of organising and/or managing the Competition and the Competition sponsor(s) permission to use your name and likeness for the purpose of organising and/or managing the Competition, for announcing the winner of the Competition and for related promotional purposes;
  • grant the Company and any Competition sponsor(s) the right to use your personal information to send you information about their respective products and services which may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive this information, please follow the instructions given;
  • accept that all entries will become the property of the Company upon receipt and will not be returned. You will retain all rights you have in the copyright and other intellectual property rights comprising the Competition entry but, by entering the Competition, you grant the Company and its licensees the right free of charge to republish your Competition entry;
  • waive any moral rights or similar rights you have in your Competition entry whether such rights arise pursuant to the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988 (the “Act”) or equivalent legislation anywhere in the world; and
  • warrant to the Company that the Competition entry is wholly original to you and not wholly or substantially copied from any other material and that the Competition entry does not defame, cause injury to or invade the privacy of or otherwise infringe or violate any statutory, common law, regulatory or intellectual property rights of any third party.

You may be offered the chance to subscribe for a free newsletter or other service of the Company but failing to do this will not disqualify you from a Competition.

If you are a winner, you may have to provide additional information (including, without limitation, proof of age or identity) and/or complete additional documents and return them to the Company within a specified period. Failure to provide additional information and/or complete additional documents within the required time period, or notification returned as undeliverable as addressed will result in your disqualification as a winner and an alternative winner will be selected.

The name(s) of the winner(s) and details of the winning entry or entries will be sent to anyone who requests the same within three (3) months of the closing date of the Competition. Requests should be sent to the postal or email address for competition entries and, if postal, should be accompanied by an SAE.

If you are a winner of a Competition:

  • the receipt by you of any prize is conditional upon you complying with any and all applicable laws, rules and regulations including, without limitation, the Competition Rules; and
  • you acknowledge and agree that neither the Company or any Competition sponsor(s) or any of their employees, agents or subcontractors shall have any liability to you whatsoever in connection with your use and/or possession of your prize, provided that nothing in these Competition Rules shall exclude or limit the liability of any party for personal injury or death caused by negligence or for anything else which cannot be excluded or limited by law.

Unless otherwise stated, the Company is the promoter of the Competition.

If any of these rules are deemed to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, the affected rules shall be deleted from these Competition Rules but the remaining rules shall continue in full force and effect.

These Competition Rules and each Competition are governed by English law. Any disputes arising between the Company and any third party in relation to these Competition Rules and/or a Competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales (save that the Company shall be entitled to take action against a third party in any other jurisdiction).

Specific terms for 2017 Silverstone British GT tickets competition:

  • Each winner will receive one prize only
  • The prize is a pair of weekend tickets for the 2017 British GT Championship at Silverstone on June 10th and 11th
  • Travel to and from the destination is not included
  • No cash alternative is available
  • Competition entry is only possible via Twitter and the entry requirements shown on the posts to which you need to reply
  • Only entrants specifying a legible answer (if required) are valid
  • Entries close at 7pm on Tuesday 6th May 2017, and a winner announce soon after.
  • Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours or may be given to another entrant
  • Twitter winner will be notified by being mentioned in a tweet.
  • The Twitter winner’s Twitter account must not block the FrontRunnerTV account
  • Competition is for UK residents only and the prizes will be available to residents of a UK address only
  • Front Runner reserves the right to feature the name of the prize winner in future promotions