Jack Brown wins 3 events at Patterdale


Saturday June 30th - Alston 2pm - INCLUDING U18 Championaship
Sunday July 1st - Langdale 2pm -U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 / U21 and 11 St / Ladies 10St / Ladies Open / 13 St / AW
Sunday July 1st - Distington - CANCELLED
Saturday July 7th - Skelton - U13 / U16 / U18 / 11½ St/ 14 stone Championship / AW
Sunday July 8th - Haltwhistle


Ullswater was standing at High Tide and the Patterdale sports field was under water last Friday, but the wrestling at Ullswater Country Fair went ahead in surprisingly good conditions two days later. The sun almost shone.

Normally, Frazer Hirsch of Dundee would have been the furthest traveller, but his mileage was trumped by the Wasden brothers, Hunt and Chris, from Georgia in the USA. They gave a good account of themselves to reach the minor places, and enjoyed themselves so much that they plan to have another go at Alston tomorrow (Sat).

In the All Weights, Frazer Hirsch was up against stiff opposition in the form of the new 15st Champion, David Barnes, and former Under 18 Years Champion, Jimmy Hall. He lost the first fall to Barnes, but then went for hold and controlled the next two bouts, finishing, literally, on a high when he flicked the substantial Barnes over backwards at shoulder height. In the final against Hall, he showed his wrestling brain by winning the first with hold and a rush and then the second with the complete opposite, a buttock launched as the referee said, "wrestle".

Best and most hardworking of all at Patterdale was Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge who won three events. He was pushed every inch of the way by two excellent Kendal wrestlers, Matthew Atkinson and Ben Brocklebank.

The highlight was the 11½st final when Ben Brocklebank took the first fall with a back-heel after a fluctuating bout. Brown then went for the hipe, twice, to win the day. Two days earlier he and David Miller had featured at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead in The Great Boxing Booth Revival. As it said in the programme: "The Cumberland wrestlers in their official strip will demonstrate their ancient sport." What the programme did not say was that Jack's father, Josie Brown, a man perhaps better known for his stand-up comedy, would be providing the commentary.

Grasmere Primary School had a day of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling with Kendal coach, John Wilson in charge. He complimented the school on the way they had prepared the children for the day, and the children on their enthusiastic participation.

Local Museums have been inspired by the Olympic year, to put on displays relating international sport to its regional roots. The Beacon at Whitehaven borrowed some vests from Paul Murray and an unused Lonsdale Belt from the British Boxing Board of Control as part of their "Fun and Games" exhibition in the Harbour Gallery. "Opening to the public on Saturday 30th June with a preview evening for invited guests only on Friday 29th June, this free exhibition is the perfect opportunity to find out about a selection of thriving local sports and their history in West Cumbria."

Ullswater Country Fair - Patterdale
Event First Second Third
U12 Years H. Wilson J. Winkley - Balmer R. Alaam
U15 Years S. Wilson G. Wilson H. Wasden
U18 Years J. Brown M. Atkinson B. Brocklebank
Ladies R. Alaam B. Bell  
11½ Stone J. Brown B. Brocklebank S. Wilson
13 Stone J. Brown B. Brocklebank M. Atkinson
All Weights F. Hirsch J. Hall D. Barnes

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)


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