Rab McNamara of East Kilbride ............

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................achieved one of his long-held ambitions when at Powburn Show he won the All Weights World Championship Cumberland and Westmorland Style for the tenth time in succession. In doing so he surpassed the seemingly unassailable record of Ted Dunglinson, who dominated heavyweight wrestling for two decades after the War.

At Powburn he faced a stern test in the first round against Darren Whitfield who moved the big Scot round the ring and had his chances until McNamara stopped a buttock and rushed him forward. That bout seemed to rouse him further and he disposed of Jason Davidson with his trade-mark hoist and twist. In the final he met an on-form Joseph Robson, but Robson too was swept away by two Big Mac Specials.

"...concentrated on speed work"

McNamara is 41 years old, stands six feet two inches tall and weighs in at 24 stones. (And he has an older brother who is taller and weighs in at thirty stones!) His physique is a significant part of his wrestling, but no-one should underestimate his skill and speed of reaction. At school he specialised in Putting-the-Shot and took up weight training, but he was also on the school Volleyball and Table-tennis teams. His athletic training concentrated on speed work and he also trained for Judo and Karate. He even trialled for an American Football team and played as a running back, and while living in Coventry played Rugby Union.

He did well in all these sports but in the end they did not satisfy him. Only when he took up freestyle wrestling and then our back-hold style did he find what he had been seeking all those years. Several of our wrestlers such as Darren Whitfield, Joe Threlfall, Mark Lowry and Jason Davidson would give him tough bouts but it was Alf Harrington who consistently was his hardest opponent until retirement.

Since the age of 18 he has worked as a doorman at week-ends, but he was also in the Scots Guards for three years before he left because of a damaged eye. He has mainly worked in the building trade for a family firm, specialising in sealing buildings. Whilst at home he is very much the family man with two young children.

Vintage wrestling

In a week of vintage wrestling many wrestlers put in excellent performances: Tracy Hodgson continued unbeaten in ladies wrestling winning at Lowther and Kirkby Lonsdale; Duncan Crazy Horse Hutton put in a rare appearance to win at Lowther as he did last year; Joe Harrington won the Under 18 Years at Kirkby Lonsdale and wrestled well in senior weights; Richard Dixon played his usual trick of reaching his peak in a higher weight after failing to win in a lighter one; and Jack Brown and Ben Brocklebank continued their personal duel where first one then the other takes the win.

But for me the best performance of the week came from Graham Brocklebank who started from a high level of achievement and got better and better. He peaked at Lowther when he won the Under 18 Years and went on to produce the performance of his life when he survived Richard Dixon's attacks and won with snappy counter attacks followed by a somersault, a spring to his feet and an easy vault over the ringside barriers to rejoin his family.

RESULTS:

Powburn

Under 10 Years: 1, H Oakley; 2, E Charlton; 3, G Robson.

Under 13 Years: 1, J Raine; 2, J Brown; 3, R Cuthbert.

Under 16 Years: 1, F Healy; 2, J Haile; 3,J Oliver.

11½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Wilkinson; 3, F Healy.

14st: 1, R Leiper; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Ord.

All Weights Championship: 1, R McNamara; 2, J Robson; 3, J Davidson.

Lowther

Under 12 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, J Brown; 3, J Walton.

Under 15 Years: 1, A Ridley; 2, D Cleasby; 3, C Ridley.

Under 18 Years: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, S Brocklebank.

Ladies Open: 1, T Hodgson; 2, G Hodgson-Stainton; 3, L Murray.

12st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, R Dixon; 3, John Harrington.

14st: 1, R Dixon; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, A Jones.

All Weights: 1, D Hutton; 2, J Lowery; 3, J Robson.

Kirkby Lonsdale Show

Under 12 Years: 1, W Hayhurst; 2, J Brown; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 15 Years: 1, S Brocklebank; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, Douglas Parsons.

Under 18 Years: 1, Joe Harrington; 2, T Mason; 3, G Brocklebank.

13st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, David Parsons.

All weights: 1, T Brocklebank; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, Joe Harrington.

Girls: 1, T Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, K Brown.

Dates:

Aug 12 (Sat) 11.45amDalston Show - U12/U15Ch'ship/U18/11½/13/AW

Aug 13 (Sun) 2pmForestburngate - U10/U13/U15/U18yrs,10st Ch'ship/Novice/12½/15½/AW

Aug 16 (Wed) 2pmGosforth - U13/U15/U18

Aug 19 (Sat) 12.30pm Allendale - U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW -------4pm Skelton - U13/U16/U18/11½/13/AW----------------1.30pmRusland

Aug 20 (Sun) 2.30pm Torver - Costume/Ladies/ U12/U15 /U18/11½/13/AW

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (February 10th 2011)

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