The Roman Wall Show and Lowgill Sports


Saturday 18th June - 2pm - Kirkheaton - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12st / 14st / AW
Sunday 19th June - 1.30pm - Rothbury Vintage Carnival - U8 / U12 / U15 World Championship / 13st / AW
Saturday 25th June - 2.20 pm Alston Gala - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½ / 13st / AW
Sunday 26th June - 2.30pm Patterdale Country Fair - U12 / U15 / U18 / 11½st / 13st / AW


A multitude of cars, hounds, people and sheep gathered on the top of an exposed ridge right next to the whin sill…and then it rained: "whole watter". Welcome to the Roman Wall Show.

Wrestlers from the academies at Rothbury, Carlisle and Kendal, with a few locals lightened the gloom of the pouring rain, and wrestled their hearts out. The best performance trophy went to Darren Whitfield, who could only get warm in one event, the Heavyweights. The wrestling culminated in the All Weights final when Whitfield, the All Weights Champion met Andrew Ord, the 15st Champion. Once Whitfield had a good hold and his feet well planted, you would have thought that no-one would survive for long, but Andrew Ord is a big strong lad and able to hold his own in pressured situations.

Whitfield did win the first long bout, but after that Ord opened up more and went for his chips. Usually he is an outside-hiper, but that was not possible with the size of his opponent. Instead he sought to catch Whitfield's legs with back-heels as the two men stood chest to chest. It worked once to bring the scores level, and then rocked the bigger man as they toured the edges of the ring, and once went out of it, to be returned to the middle of the ring by the referee. In the end Whitfield took the cup with a clear fall, but he knew he had been made to work hard for his success.

Another special final was in the Under 17s where the tall slim figure of Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge took on the equally tall, but heavier figure of Matthew Atkinson of Kendal. Brown, on his home territory, and with lots of vocal support, was determined not to succumb to Atkinson's strength and fought for holds all the way, went for his trips when he saw a chance and won the day.


The most successful wrestler of the event was John Harrington who gave a master class of outside-hiping when winning both the 11½ stones and the 13½ stones. He had an occasional blip such as when James Hayhurst took a fall from him, but usually he was well ahead of the opposition until he ran into the extra weight and power in the All Weights.

The Kendal wrestlers covered big mileage to compete, and they had another extended journey after the Roman Wall Show to compete at Lowgill Sports, lost in the Trough of Bowland. Milnthorpe Academy turned out in force and Joe Lashley shone beating George Wilson in two tough finals, and also taking out Sam Wilson in a very speedy contest in the under 14's.

James Hayhurst added two more wins to this season's list, and Matthew Atkinson won at 12st. Once more Graham Brocklebank was too good for the opposition in the All Weights.

The Kendal wrestlers had a session earlier in the week wrestling "winner stays on" as they added the local flavour for an ITV cookery programme featuring Ade Edmundson, which will be shown at the end of the year. They acquitted themselves well both wrestling and eating. Someone had to clear up all the accumulated and delicious Cumberland sausage.


The Roman Wall Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T. Gibson H. Bertram G. Wilson
Under 17 Years J. Brown M. Atkinson H. King
11½ Stone J. Harrington J. Hayhurst H. King
13½ Stone J. Harrington M. Atknson J. Brown
All Weights D. Whitfield A. Ord Jack Hale
Lowgill Sports
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J. Lashley G. Wilson T. Hayhurst
Under 14 Years J. Lashley G. Wilson K. McNally
Under 16 Years J. Hayhurst I. Hammond H. King
12 Stone M. Atkinson J. Hayhurst B. Brocklebank
All Weights G. Brocklebank T. Hodgson M. Atkinson
Ladies' Open C. Hodgson A. Beswick E. Hayhurst
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (June 16th 2011)

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