Events at Skelton, Distington and Langdale


Sunday 10th July - Haltwhistle - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies U15 / Ladies Open / Novices / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 16th July - Cumberland Show (Carlisle Racecourse) - Entries 4.15pm - U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U18/8st / 12st / 14st / AW

Jack Brown was not himself wrestling at Skelton Show. Just when you expected the killer twist or the sudden lift, nothing happened. All was made clear the following day at Langdale Gala when the 6ft 2ins Brown successfully weighed in to defend his Under 18 Years/10st Championship title.

His determination was well rewarded when he hiped David Miller off his right hip and then smothered the hank for the second fall of the semi-final. In the final he met the Kendal newcomer, Haydn King, who has been making a name for himself this season, and disposed of him with inside hipes. Jack Brown has long been one of wrestling's best assets as he travels far and wide to train and compete, and he thoroughly deserved his win. David Miller on the other hand was left smiling ruefully when he executed two of the best falls of the week in the Under 18/12st final against Brown. Despite the height difference he took the first fall with a hipe and back-heel, and the second with a hank.

Several other wrestlers disturbed the normal pattern of results: Mark Wharton won the impromptu Under 10s at Skelton Show when a dozen tiny young lads competed almost waist deep in the long grass. He then travelled to Langdale the next day and felled John Gibson in the final of the Under 15/6st. Just to put extra icing on the Wharton family cake, little brother Connor was third, and paterfamilias Robert was enticed against his better judgement (Don't tell his wife) to compete in the All Weights, which he duly won with some of the flourishes of old.
Craig Naylor of Wasdale was pleased with his win at 13 stones when he caught Adrian Myers with a full on buttock for the deciding fall. Although he has won senior points at Wasdale Head Show, he regarded this as his first really competitive success.

A batch of unknowns competed at Distington. There, they have built up their own tradition of competing against each other from year to year and make what organiser, Alf Harrington, called "a good event". The All Weights winner, out of an entry of eight, was a strapping rugby player.

Of course, there are always the regular winners who are the mainstay of wrestling. James Hayhurst, the new Under 15s Champion, won twice at Skelton; the Gibsons, Thomas and Megan, also had double wins; and Joseph Robson sustained his one hundred per cent record this year by winning the All Weights at Skelton.

And, the most regular winner of all, John Harrington, twice felled Andrew Carlile in finals at Skelton. These were not his first struggles of the day, as he had already clipped 109 of his own sheep in the morning before he set out for Skelton Show.



Results ( * signifies not eligible for The Victor Ludorum 2011)

Skelton Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years * M. Wharton L. Brown J. Gibson
Under 13 Years T. Gibson S. Hamilton S. Brown
Under 16 Years J. Hayhurst K. Miller H. King
Under 18 Years J. Hayhurst J. Brown H. King
11½ Stone J. Harrington A. Carlile J. Hayhurst
13 Stone J. Harrington A. Carlile J. Hayhurst
All Weights J. Robson W. Wilson J. Harrington
Distington Vintage Rally
Event First Second Third
Under 18 Years D. Rudd L. Harkness D. Hewer
12½ Stone D. Hewer W. Mac D. Harris
All Weights D. Harris D.Rudd D. Porter
Langdale Gala
Event First Second Third
Under 15 Years & 6 Stone M. Wharton J. Gibson C. Wharton
Under 15 Years & 8 Stone T. Gibson J. Lashley S. Wilson
U18 Yrs & 10 Stone World Champ'ship J. Brown H. King D. Miller
Under 18 Years & 12 Stone D. Miller J. Brown H. King
Under 21 Years & 12 Stone J. Brown D. Miller C. Naylor
Girls under 10 Stone M. Gibson L. Hayhurst L. Wilson
Girls Open M. Gibson A. Beswick A. Marston
13 Stone C. Naylor A. Myers J. Brown
All Weights R. Wharton A. Myers C. Naylor
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (June 5th 2011)

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