Northern Lakeland Sports compete with Southern Olympic Sports for attention


Saturday August 4th 1.00 Cockermouth U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11.5st / 13st / AW
Saturday August 4th - 2.30 Powburn U10 / U13 / U16 / 11.5st / AW / Local Novices
Sunday August 5th Gilsland CANCELLED
Thursday August 9th 3.00 Ings U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 12.5st / AW
Saturday August 11th - 12.00 Dalston U12 / U15 / U18-10st Championship / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday August 12th - Forestburngate
Tuesday August 14th - Kirkby Lonsdale

Six events in five days meant a busy time for wrestlers, organisers and supporters. While the 2012 Olympics is showcasing London's iconic sites and sights, we in our area watched excellent wrestling in the midst of an agricultural show, a horse racing track at a Border's Common Riding, a village sports meeting, a massive steam gathering with soot in the air and huge decibels in our ears, and a big traditional Lakeland Sports meeting with the mountains looming round.

In a successful year of fine wrestling Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge and Carlisle Wrestling Club will have special satisfaction in his achievements at Ambleside Sports. All did not begin well, because he was conspicuously absent from the prizewinners in the Under 18 Years, but in the 11½ and 12½ stones he was unbeatable. In the biggest test, the final of the 12½st against John Harrington he oozed confidence and went for his trips, hipes followed in by back-heels.



Henry Hail had no hesitation in awarding him the Guinness Trophy for the best performance in all the wrestling.

My other highlight of the week came at Penrith Show when Richard Fox was applauded back into the ring for the 13 stones after such a long absence. You could see that he was ring-rusty to begin with but as each bout progressed he improved further.

In the final he lost the first fall to a Jack Brown hipe, but he fought back with a twist over the knee, and clinched the win with a trade-mark buttock. It was good to see him later wandering in the crowd with a cup in his hand and a smile on his face.

When I sit down to type up the results, I know that my task will be greater when the Brocklebank family has been travelling around with their long surname and three brothers at nicely spaced ages and weights. Last week they were everywhere in the results, culminating at Flookburgh where each of the Brocklebank brothers, Ben, Graham and Thomas, all had wins in the rain.

Archie Singer of Rothbury had a strange upside down sort of week. At Ambleside he did what he was supposed to do when he stormed through the Under 15 Years with power and panache. At Langholm, in the Under 16s he was felled by James Hayhurst in the semi-final. In the 11½ stones he reached the final with Jack Brown and took the middle fall, and then in the All Weights he played David to Kevin O'Neil's Goliath and won himself a place in the final where he was beaten by John Harrington.

Harrington had a strange week, under performing at Ambleside, but slowly pulling himself up to better form and fortune at Langholm though James Hayhurst did fell him in a brilliant final of the 13 stones when each wrestler was at his fastest both in defence and attack. In the decider there were six or seven chances to win before Hayhurst got the last twist.

The toughest final of the week was at Ambleside where Stuart Fleming and Joe Threlfall battled out a war of attrition. Fleming won the first by jumping ahead of Threlfall's hipe then landing and twisting. Threlfall is strong and fit this season, and he came near with late twists, but Fleming was able to resist and there were three dog-falls until Threlfall had to retire with an injured shoulder.

Results ( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2012)

Ambleside Sports ...........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson H Bertram G Singer.
Under 15 Years A Singer J Lashley S Wilson.
Under 18 Years M Atkinson B Brocklebank T Gibson.
Girls Under 14 D Wilson R Hodgson A Marston.
Ladies Open C Hodgson G Hodgson Stainton M Gibson
11½ Stone Brown B Brocklebank S Lashley.
12½ Stone J Brown J Harrington B Brocklebank
14 Stone G Brocklebank B Brocklebank W Atkinson
All Weights S Fleming J Threlfall G Brocklebank.
Guinness Trophy Jack Brown.    

Langholm Common Riding .........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J Gibson H Alecock T Berry.
Under 16 Years J Hayhurst S Wilson A Singer.
Ladies M Gibson A Maerston M Berry.
11½ Stone J Brown A Singer C Friel
13 Stone J Hayhurst J Harrington J Gillespie.
All Weights J Harrington A Singer J Elliot.

PENRITH Show ..............

Event First Second Third
* Under 9 Years J Gibson H Wales C Wharton.
Under 12 Years H Wilson G Coulthard M Wharton.
Under 15 Years T Gibson S Wilson T Wales.
Under 18 Years J Brown W Atkinson K Miller.
Under 15 Girls M Gibson L Murray F Laurie.
11½ Stone J Harrington J Brown P Murray.
13 Stone R Fox D Miller M Atkinson.
All Weights D Barnes M Atkinson J Hall.

Beetham Sports

Event First Second Third
* Under 6 Years J Strickland M Stainton R Hodgson
Under 12 Years J Harker A Harker C Strickland.
Under 14 Years J Lashley S Patterson J Harker.
Under 16 Years J Lashley K McNally J Winton.
Under 18 Years B Brocklebank J Lashley K McNally.
12½ Stone B Brocklebank J Lashley K McNally.
All Weights G Brocklebank B Brocklebank J Lashley

Flookburgh Steam Gathering

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson T Hayhurst R Hodgson.
Under 15 Years J Lashley S Wilson G Wilson.
Under 18 Years B Brocklebank M Atkinson S Wilson.
Ladies Open C Hodgson G Hodgson-Stainton R Hodgson
13 Stone G Brocklebank M Atkinson; B Brocklebank.
All Weights T Brocklebank J Hall T Hodgson.

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


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