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We’re working on new ways to get your free sport to you

Front Runner, the nation’s only free-to-air sports channel, is no longer on Freeview channel 91, but is still available without subscription on Sky 468 and 469 and more platforms will be added in time.

We’re very excited by our new strategic plans to bring more sport to UK homes and can’t wait to share our plans with you shortly.

In the meantime, we have a whole host of adrenaline-action sports for you on Front Runner including our latest addition of Lucha Libre AAA wrestling along with channel favourites such as Poker Nights in America, darts, motorsport, Greyhound racing and much, much more.

Be sure to stay tuned to our social media accounts for the latest news and scheduling times.

You can find us on Facebook here: https://business.facebook.com/frontrunnertv/?business_id=345838745755965

And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrontRunnerTV

 

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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.