August Bank Holiday Weekend



Fri Aug. 31st 6.30 - Rothbury U8yrs / U10 / U13 / U16 / U21 / 9st / 11st / 13st / 15st / AW / Females U16yrs / AW

Sat Sept. 1st 3.00pm - Lowick U12yrs / U15 / U18 / 12½st / AW
Sat Sept.1st 2.00 - Harbottle Juniors / Novices / 12st / AW
Sat Sept.1st 3.15pm - Hesket New Market U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Girls / Novices / 12½st
Sun Sept. 2nd 3.30pm - Loweswater U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Sun Sept. 2nd 1.45pm - Wolsingham U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11st / 12st / 14st / AW
Sun Sept. 9th 1.00pm - Stanhope U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday September 9th 3.30pm - Whitfield - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday Septem
ber 13th - 1.30pm - Westmorland Show - U12yrs / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Girls Open / U21yrs & 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st Championship / AW

The Bank Holiday Weekend may not have satisfied those seeking sunburn, but for those who follow the unfolding drama of the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling season, all was bright and beautiful, even in the rain.

The Singer family from Rothbury played a big part in all the action at the four events of the last week. At Bellingham young Gus and big sister Lucy were in the prizemoney, and even bigger brother Archie won the Under 16 Years. Next day at Grasmere Sports, still the biggest of them all, Lucy and Archie won at Under 15 Years. Keeping in trim and sharp, Archie won again at Silloth on the Bank Holiday Monday. And then for him came the culmination of all this travelling and action when at Ennerdale Show, many miles from home, he won the Under 15 Years World Championship.

The Brocklebank family, too, had much to celebrate, especially at Grasmere, where each of the three brothers, Ben (Under 18), Graham (13st) and Thomas (All Weights), won an event. All this peaked in the All Weights when Thomas and Graham met in the final, and Thomas prevailed. And what was the prize he received? ……The Wilf Brocklebank Cup given by the family in memory of his grandfather, the great heavyweight wrestler who flourished in the 1970s.

The Broclebanks are not great travellers, but on the Monday, Ben hitched a lift to Silloth in the Kendal battle-bus, in pursuit of the 11st World Championship to add to his Under 18s title. Much of the opposition in the championship came from the Bretons who were here in force again with a mixture of mature, proven wrestlers and young blood for the future. In the final of the championship Ben Brocklebank met one of Brittany's best, Ewan Salaun, whose lightning combinations of trips, and counters make him a formidable opponent. Brocklebank, however, with his height, strength, range of chips and above all, great confidence, cut through all that and proved a decisive winner.


At Grasmere honourable mention must go to three wrestlers from Carlisle Wrestling Club, Andrew Carlile, John Harrington, and Richard Fox, who won their weights again at Grasmere in fine style from a big entry. Best of all according to Peter Hayhurst, the Guinness Trophy judge of the best overall performance in the wrestling, was Connie Hodgson, the only wrestler to win two categories. She had to be favourite to win the Under 18s, but had to dig deep to win the open ladies event, too. Guess who Connie's cousins are…..the Brocklebank brothers.



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

Bellingham Show ...........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Bertram A Storey T Hodgson.
Under 16 Years A Singer C Carlyle S Wilson
Novices A Sandercock A Singer C Carlyle
Women's Open C Hodgson L Singer T Bertram.
7 Stone H Bertram G Singer A Storey
9 Stone S Wilson H Bertram G Singer
12 Stone J Brown A Singer T Gibson.
14 Stone M Atkinson A Sandercock J Davidson
All Weights A Ord J Davidson M Atkinson.

Grasmere Sports and Show........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Bertam M Wharton J Wales.
Under 15 Years A Singer S Wilson J Lashley.
Girls Under 15 years L Singer E Wilson G Coulthard
Under 18 Years B Brocklebank K Miller J Belbning
Girls Under 18 Years C Hodgson M Gibson E Wilson.
8 Stone M Kirkham T Wales C Whitfield.
Women's 10 Stone J le Bloas D Wilson E Wilson.
11 Stone A Carlile J Brown D Miller.
12 Stone J Harrington J Brown A Carlile.
13 Stone R Fox J Harrington A Myers.
14 Stone G Brocklebank J Davidson S Mason
All Weights T Brocklebank G Brocklebank S Fleming
Women's All Weights C Hodgson D Thompson K Jones.

Silloth Carnival .........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson T Hodgson G Singer.
Under 15 Years A Singer S Wilson; G Wilson.
Girls Under 15 Years D Wilson E Wilson R Hodgson.
Under 18 Years J Brown B Brocklebank A Singer
Ladies Open C Hodgson H Hodgson J le Bloas.
11 Stone World Championship B Brocklebank E Salaun G Reid.
13 Stone J Harrington G Salaun B Brocklebank.
All Weights I Villette Y Passard F Hirsch.

Ennerdale Show .........

Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson G Coulthard W Addeyman
Under 15 Years World Championship A Singer J Lashley S Wilson.
Under 18 Years J Brown J Addeyman J Hayhurst.
Women's Open J le Bloas M Gibson L Murray.
12½ Stone G Salaun E Salaun J Brown.
All Weights J Threlfall J Ewart F Hirsch.

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


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