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A former Recorder photographer who grew up in Gants Hill and was born legally blind has shared his story of how he defied the odds to build a career snapping world leaders and celebrities across the globe.

Harold Wood Running Club led the way at the chase the pacer challenge at Raphael Park this weekend.

Havering’s Victoria Lavender has been celebrating recently after being selected to represent England under-21s for a second time at the World Indoor Nets Championships, writes Lee Power.

Last Friday, you may have noticed the flag of the Commonwealth of Nations proudly flying from Havering Town Hall.

Thousands of men and women whose deaths can be linked to the First World War have yet to be commemorated.

Essex County Cricket Club have announced that Jack Plom has signed his first professional contract with the club, lasting until the end of the 2020 season.

Centuries from Simon Harmer and Tom Westley put Essex in complete command against Surrey at the Kia Oval, where the champions ended day two facing their first defeat of a triumphant season.

Essex’s initial experience of day-night Championship cricket will always be remembered as Harmy’s Match.

Who will also impress at this summer’s tournament and potentially force themselves into our all-time World Cup XI?

Most football fans will not know who all the singers are in the official Russia 2018 song, how to find Nizhny Novgorod or what formation Iran will use against Morocco, but there is one thing we can be sure of: there will be controVARsy.

Tom Westley has the trophy, caps and scars to show for a rollercoaster year.

With the sun due to shine relentlessly on The Cloudfm County Ground for the next four days, in marked contrast to the inactivity at Headingley last week, Simon Harmer will relish the buzz of expectation that will herald his every stride to the crease.

The County Championship Division One champions saw their season start without a ball being bowled with Headingley not safe enough for any play

England’s women face a battle for the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Saturday after suffering penalty shuffles heartbreak in their semi-final.

The South Woodford favourite discusses trying to create a dynasty and why he was always going to sign a contract extension with the club

England’s men face a tough semi-final against hosts Australia at the Commonwealth Games after suffering a last-gasp defeat in their final group game.

The all-rounder, who earned a professional contract in June 2016, whilst with Hornchurch, is determined to show more improvement this year

England’s women booked their place in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games hockey tournament with victory over Malaysia on Monday.

England’s women made it two wins from two on the Gold Coast with success in their Home Nations battle with Wales.

Harry Martin was among the goalscorers as England’s men beat Malaysia 7-0 in their opening match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Havering’s Emily Defroand was excited to get started with the England women’s hockey team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, writes Lee Power.

When you win a medal at the World Championships on your home track, you would think that would signal a successful summer – but not for Newham & Essex Beagles’ Rabah Yousif.

When it comes to netball, the Commonwealth Games really is the sport’s Olympics and former Barking Abbey Academy pupil Kadeen Corbin is going for gold.

Havering’s Emily Defroand says England’s women want a medal at the Commonwealth Games, but knows they have to focus on each step of their journey.

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