At its Spring Meeting, .............

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..........the Governing Board of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association allocated the championships for 2007. Two Herdwick Sheep shows on the Western edge of the Lake District, Ennerdale and Eskdale have never hosted a championship before. This year Ennerdale stages the 13 stones Championship on the Wednesday after Grasmere Sports when it is likely that Breton wrestlers will add an international flavour to the home-grown fare. Eskdale Show, on the last Saturday in Sepember, puts on the Boys Under 15 Years Championship. In addition, in the same region, has the Under 18 Years/10st Championship at the ancient Egremont Crab Fair. The healthy continuation of the wrestling academy at Waberthwaite and the huge interest in wrestling amongst the boys of Wyndham School, Egremont, make these West Cumberland events doubly attractive.

Not far away at Cockermouth, the blue ribbon event, the All Weights Championship will take place at the agricultural show on the first Saturday of August. There is always an excellent atmosphere round the wrestling ring at Cockermouth, which can only be enhanced by the major championship.

Luckily the Championship scales are not required at Cockermouth, for they are needed in Northumberland on the same day. The lightest senior championship, the 10½ stones, will take place at Powburn in the ring where last year Rab McNamara rewrote the record books by winning his tenth All Weights title.

Northumberland has four other championships: Kirkheaton (15st); Allendale (14st); Alwinton (12st) and the Under 18 Championship will be held at Rothbury on the last day of August. The Rothbury event is aimed at giving an aim to the new wave of wrestlers brought on by the Rothbury Academy. Most of their wrestlers are under 18 years old and big with it, so no other championship would have been so appropriate.

Andrew Carlile will have a short journey to defend his 11st title, for Dalston Show is only four miles from his home in the middle of Carlisle.

The only championship in the South of the county is the Under 15 Years/8st competition at Ambleside Sports. The Governing Board was not being partial for there were no other applications from that area.

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

World Championship Venues 2007

All Weights - Cockermouth Show - 4th August

15st - Kirkheaton Sports - 16th June

14st - Allendale Show - 18th August

13st - Ennerdale Show - 29th August

12st - Alwinton Show - 13th October

11st - Dalston Show - 11th August

10½st - Powburn Show -  4th August

Under 18 Years - Rothbury Mart - 31st August

Under 18 Years/10st - Egremont Crab Fair - 15th September

Under 15 Years - Eskdale Show - 29th September

Under 15 Years/8st - Ambleside Sports - 26th July

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (April 21st 2007)

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