Gouren training sessions for the European Championships are now in full swing

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Gouren training sessions for the European Championships are in full swing each Sunday at Currock House in Carlisle . Three young Carlisle wrestlers, Jack Ewart, Paul Murray and Craig Naylor, are being put through their paces with fitness work, as well as detailed coaching in both the Breton style and or own Cumberland and Westmorland style. Three Northumbrians were to join the party last week but were unable to make it.

Jack Ewart in the white shorts grappling with Craig Naylor in the Gouren style Jack Ewart in the white shorts grappling with Craig Naylor in the Gouren style The aftermath of a training bout between Craig Naylor (left) and Richard Fox

The Breton backhold Championships took place in Guipavas last week-end without any Cumbrian presence. The keenest wrestling was when young wrestlers were fighting to impress the selectors of the Breton team for the Espoirs Championships. Two Scots made the long journey to provide international spice. Frazer Hirsch, who often competes in our events, did especially well by winning the Senior 90kg class from a good field. Tudy le Meur who has been so impressive with his hank on previous visits here was top of the 74kg pile, which was the most popular category. Many of the winners were young Bretons who have spent muddy times in tents in my paddock in previous years. Despite the appalling conditions last year, the Bretons are set to return this year. Their organiser, Christian Salaun, emailed to ask for the wrestling calendar for this year, so once more the the Bretons will boost Grasmere and surrounding events. My Breton connections throw up some oddities at times. Guy Jaouen, who was the original driving force for the international organisation, has asked me to find him a Border Collie pup. Twenty-five years ago Ted Dunglinson provided the first, and subsequently I have found another one. If I can find him a young bitch, he will come over on wrestling business, and take the pup back with him. Any offers?

With the Young Farmers' Field Day imminent, Carlisle Wrestling Club has been hosting training sessions for individual clubs. Longtown YFC followed on from the international training last Sunday for their session, and Brampton YFC will be put through their paces on Friday 12 th March. The first event of the new season is amazingly early: on Sunday, March 21st Carlisle Racecouse will host the first wrestling of 2010.

And finally, as they say on the ITV News, I was on the receiving end of a limerick at Ivegill Bookclub last week. Retired Head, John Hefford, who wishes to remain anonymous, has me sussed, and obviously reads this column:

There was a keen Wrestler called Roger
Who took in an elderly lodger.
With a buttock and hype
And an elegant swipe
He would harass that hapless old codger


Sunday, 7th March, February 2pm - 4pm Training session for the European Espoirs Championships in the Gym at Currock House, Carlisle.

Wednesday, 10th March, Carlisle Wrestling Club, Final Junior Points Night at Currock House.

Wednesday, 17th March, Carlisle Wrestling Club, Final Senior Points Night at Currock House.

Saturday, 20th March, 7.30pm Waberthwaite Open Night : Under 9,11,13,15,18 years of age. Under 7stone.9, 11,13,and All Weights. Plus usual Pie & pea Supper for wrestlers.

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

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