£2,500 in prize money at Rothbury Mart

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Starting young: Ted Hodgson of Dentdale enjoying himself at Rothbury Mart

Two Championship events in Northumberland, in successive days, at two very different venues, saw the trophies returning to the same mantel shelves for another year. Richard Fox, under the roof, on the mats, in front of hundreds of spectators, at Rothbury Mart, retained his 15st World title.

Andrew Carlile, eight miles further up the Coquet Valley , on soggy grass, in front of Andrew Carlile with the 10st Championship trophy at Harbottle Show (Left to right: Frederic Chaney 3rd, Andrew Carlile, Gurvan Salaun)a sprinkling of spectators, did the same with his 10 ½ st World title. The common factor was that each champion was on top of his game and held onto his title with masterly control.

Rothbury Mart with its £2,500 prize-money attracted a big attendance of wrestlers, with thirty or so in each class, so Richard Fox's achievement in winning the 13 ½ st class as a warm-up before winning the 15st Championship and then going on to reach the final of the All Weights, too, was awesome in the proper sense of the word.

In the final of the championship he felled the Northumbrian Andrew Ord, who does much of the winning in his own area. Fox won the first fall with a back-heel which converted into a twist over the knee to finish off. The second was won with his original and best chip.the buttock.

At Harbottle, once Andrew Carlile had mastered young Craig Ridley in the first round, he had to deal with a succession of Bretons, giving them a master-class in technique en route. Appropriately, his hardest bouts came in the final when Gurvan Salaun attacked from the beginning, but failed to put Carlile off-balance, so that it was only a matter of time before Carlile's hipes carried the day. And then he did the same again in the 12 stones.

A young, lightweight Breton team added greatly to the sport wherever they competed. They made up most of the entry at Grayrigg Show, held in Kendal Auction Mart, but they could do nothing to prevent John Harrington's triple win in the 11 ½ st, 13st and 15st categories. William Hayhust added another five wins to his total. Two Rothbury brothers, Joe and Jack Hale, showed their class against top opposition at the Mart, Harbottle and Wolsingham.





Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, J Wilson .... Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, D Hodgson; 3, W Atkinson...... Under 18 Years 1, M Maussion; 2, W Hayhurst ; 3, M Atkinson..... Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, D Gibson; 3, H Hodgson...... 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, M Maussion; 3, G Tanguy.....13st 1, John Harrington; 2, G Tassel; 3, F Chaney..... 15st 1 John Harrington; 2, N Grannec; 3, W Hayhurst.... . All Weights 1, J Robson; 2, N Grannec ; 3, M Maussion

Rothbury Mart

Under 9 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, B Wright; 3, S Whitfield ..... Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, S Wilson ; 3, D Brown.....Under 16 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, J Brown; 3, M Atkinson;.... Girls Under 16 Years 1, H Hodgson; 2, E Hayhurst ; 3, D Gibson.....Under 19 Years 1, Jack Hale; 2, N Birdsall; 3, W Hayhurst .....11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Dixon .....13 ½ st 1, R Fox; 2, R Walton; 3, John Harrington..... 15st Championship 1, R Fox; 2, A Ord; 3, J Robson.....All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, R Fox; 3, N Grannec .


Under 10 Years 1, C Whitfield; 2, A Law; 3, D Wilson.... Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, M Dixon ; 3, C Whitfield.... Under 16 Years 1, J Brown; 2, J Rogerson; 3, C Carlyle.... Under 21 Years 1, A Ord; 2, M Maze; 3, N Birdsall....Novices 1, G Tanguy; 2, S Watt; 3, H Maloeuvre.....10 ½ st Championship 1, A Carlile; 2, G Salaun; 3, F Chaney....12st 1, A Carlile; 2, C Ridley; 3, G Reid.... All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, J Hirsch; 3, F Hirsch.

Lowick Show

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, J Wilson ......Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst; 2, M Atkinson; 3, S Wilson .......Under 18 Years 1, W Hayhurst 1, M Atkinson; 3, J hayhurst...... Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, N Thexton ...... 12 ½ st 1, M Atkinson; 2, T Brocklebank; 3, W Atkinson........ All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, W Atkinson; 3, M Atkinson.


Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, S Wilson ; 3, T Gibson..... Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst 2, W Atkinson; 3, T Gibson.......Under 18 Years 1, Jack Hale; 2, W Hayhurst ; 3, W Atkinson...... Ladies 1, C Hodgson; 2, D Gibson; 3, H Hodgson....... 11st 1, R Dixon ; 2, W Atkinson; 3, A Carlile....... 12st 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon ......14st 1, Jack Hale; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon...... All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, W Hayhurst ; 3, A Carlile.

Saturday, 12th Sept 2.30 Ingram Show U10/U12/U18/11 ½ /14 ½ AW
Sunday 13th Sept 12.30 Stanhope U12/U15/U18/11.5/13stones Ch'ship/AW/Ladies Open
3.30 Whitfield U12/U15/U18/12.5/AW/Ladies Open
Saturday, 19th Sept 2.30 Egremont Crab Fair U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW
1pm Whalton Village Show U12/U16/U19/12/14/AW
Sunday, 20 th Sept 2pm Borrowdale U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW

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

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