This week's shows

NEWS UPDATE

DATES:
Sat, 3rd September - Harbottle
Sat, 3rd September - Lowick
Sat, 3rd September 3.15 - Hesket Newmarket U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / Novices / 10½ Ch’ship/12½
Sun, 4th September 3.30 - Loweswater U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12.5 / AW
Sun, 4th September 1.45 - Wolsingham U12 / U15 /U18 / Ladies / 11 / 12 /14 /AW
Thurs, 8th September 2.00 - Westmorland Show Girls U14 /Ladies Open / U12 / U15 / U18&10st / U18 / 12 / 13Ch’ship(£1000) / 14 / AW
Sat, 11th September - Stanhope
Sat, 11th September - Whitfield

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling has been virtually a full-time job for some wrestlers, organisers, fans, and me this past week, with eight events putting on sixty-five categories. The Scots from Dundee played their part; the Bretons boosted numbers and variety; the locals at Bellingham and Ennerdale particularly had the crowds cheering and laughing; Grasmere with its bigger double ring had a solid circle of spectators applauding for over four and a half hours of lively wrestling; and the Kendal Academy nomads put a solid base into the wrestling at every event. Wrestling and I had a good week.

Richard Dixon and 11st trophy

Crosby Ravensworth: Richard Dixon, now a rare sight in a ring won the 11st Championship in style, but Jack Brown drew the plaudits for the way he felled the holder, Andrew Carlile. Frazer Hirsch fro Dundee impressed with the variety and invention of his wrestling

Grayrigg: Sam Wilson won the 8 stones on his home turf and Graham Brocklebank ruled the roost with his power and athleticism to win twice. The Bretons, motorway-lagged, make their first appearance.

Newcastleton: Wrestlers moved from showing sheep to flinging opponents, with Richard Fox trying himself out after the bumps and bruises of Dalston Show, and winning with flair.

Bellingham: John Harrington looks like making a clean sweep until he meets Jason Davidson’s lock-hiping efficiency in the All Weights final

Grasmere: Jimmy Hall has them gasping with his sudden hipes. Andrew Carlile wins two categories and the Guinness Trophy with his blend of speed and wrestling efficiency. Richard Fox struggles for form in the 13 stones as Graham Brocklebank prospers. Richard Fox at full throttle roars back to take the 14 stones. Thomas Brocklebank comes back from behind against Joseph Robson to take the heavyweight crown

Silloth and Keswick: John Harrington is unstoppable as he single-handedly keeps the Breton invasion under control with five wins. At Keswick, Joe Threlfall does well to turn the tables on Stuart Fleming who beat him at Grasmere.

Ennerdale: a mixture of the international (the Bretons), the highly trained (John Harrington and James Hayhurst) and a substantial entry of local enthusiasm provided a wholesome recipe of the best that Cumbria offers. Martin Maussion ended Harrington’s hopes of a clean sweep, and then James Hayhurst provided the culmination of the whole week by felling Mauusion in the All Weights final to add to his wins in the Under 15s and 18s.

I’m exhausted.

The week's culmination: James Hayhurst fells Martin Maussion in the All Weights final at Ennerdale.

Richard Dixon fells Jack Brown in the final of the 11st Championship at Crosby Ravensworth.

Matthew Atkinson fells Ryan Dolan at Grayrigg

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

Crosby Ravensworth Show
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 13 Years G Wilson S Browne T Gibson
Under 16 Years J Hayhurst Jack Hall S Wilson
Under 18 Years Jimmy Hall J Hayhurst J Brown
Girls C Hodgson R Hodgson A Beswick
11st World Championship R Dixon J Brown A Carlile
13st F Hirsch A Carlile G Reid
All Weights Jimmy Hall F Hirsch A Carlile
Grayrigg Show
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years G Wilson T Hodgson A Hodgson
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst H King G Wilson
Under 18 Years M Atkinson W Atkinson J Hayhurst
Girls Under 15 Years L Wilson Ellie Wilson Eliz Wilson
Girls Open C Hodgson J Le Bloas P Sellin
8st S Wilson J Wilson T Gibson
11½st G Brunou B Brocklebank M Maussion
13st G Brocklebank F Hirsch M Maussion
All Weights G Brocklebank R Dolan F Hirsch
Newcastleton
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 13 Years T Gibson H Bertram J Wilson
Under 15 Years T Gibson S Wilson H Bertram
Under 18 Years W Atkinson J Brown M Atkinson
Ladies Open C Hodgson M Gibson R Hodgson
12½st J Harrington M Atkinson W Atkinson
All Weights R Fox J Harrington G Nichol
Bellingham Show
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years H Bertram G Singer J Wilson
Under 16 Years W Atkinson J Wilson A Singer
7st S Wilson H Bertram G Singer
9st J Wilson H Bertram S Wilson
Ladies Open C Hodgson B Straker C Drummond
Novices E Donals A Singer H Bertram
12st J Harrington J Brown M Atkinson
14st J Harrington M Atkinson W Atkinson
All Weights J Davidson J Harrington F Wyrely-Birch
Grasmere Sports
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years G Wilson B Wright G Singer
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst H King T Gibson
Under 18 Years J Hall W Atkinson J Brown
Girls Under 15 Years M Gibson E Wilson L Wilson
Girls Under 18 Years C Hodgson P Sellin H Hodgson
Boys 8st K Miller S Wilson T Gibson
Ladies 10st J Le Bloas M Gibson L Wilson
Ladies Open C Hodgson D Thompson H Hodgson
11st A Carlile J Brown L Loxq
12st A Carlile G Brunou M Maussion
13st G Brocklebank J Harrington R Fox
14st R Fox S Wilkinson G Brocklebank
All Weights T Brocklebank J Robson S Fleming
Silloth Carnival
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years G Wilson J Wilson J Gibson
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst T Gibson H King
Under 18 Years J Hall W Atkinson D Miller
Girls Under 15 Years M Gibson R Hodgson
Ladies Open C Hodgson H Hodgson P Sellin
11½st J Harrington D Miller L Loxq
13st J Harrington M Maussion W Atkinson
All Weights J Hall J Harrington T Hodgson
Keswick Sports
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years G Wilson J Wilson T Hodgson
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst J Blamire T Gibson
Under 18 Years J Hall W Atkinson J Harryman
Ladies C Hodgson H Hodgson J Le Bloas
11½st J Harrington J Brown M Maussion
13st J Harrington J Hayhurst M Maussion
All Weights J Threlfall S Fleming G Nichol
Guinness Trophy J Harrington
Ennerdale Show.
EventFirstSecondThird
Under 12 Years G Wilson W Addyman J Irving
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst S Glaister P Lowis
Under 18 Years J hayhurst J Brown J Addyman
Ladies J Le Bloas R Parker P Sellin
12½st J Harrington G Brunou D Miller
All weights J Hayhurst M Maussion G Brunou
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (August 4th 2011)

Stock photography by SOLMAR at Alamy

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