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Schools 'shying away from trips'

Too many schools do not take children on outdoor activities, partly through fear of being sued if there is an accident, Ofsted inspectors said.

Activities helped pupils develop their physical and social skills, they said.

But many youngsters were missing out, with costs and limits on the numbers who can go contributing to the problem.

The chief inspector, David Bell, said teachers had "nothing to fear" if they followed the right guidelines - but teachers' unions disagree.

Thousands join half marathon

A total of 6,000 runners helped raise thousands for charity in this year's Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday.

The 13.5 mile race took place in Windsor Great Park.

Last races before Ascot revamp

The last meeting at Ascot racecourse was held on Friday, before the course shut for 20 months for major redevelopment.

Next year's world famous Royal Ascot meeting will be held at York instead.


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