Quernmore Sports


Saturday 28th June (3.00) Alston Gala U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 29th June (3.00) Patterdale U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Saturday 5th July (4.45) Skelton Show U13 / U16 / U18 / Ladies / 11st / 13½st/ AW
Sunday 6th July (1.30) Distington U12 / U15 / U18 / 12½st / AW
Sunday 6th July Langdale (2.00) U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 / U21 &11st / Ladies 10st / Ladies Open / 13st / AW


The Milnthorpe Academy coach, David Parsons, spent much of his time at Quenmore Sports crouched beside pairs of young wrestlers like a benign scoutmaster teaching a particularly complicated knot. Inexperienced youngsters were trying to take hold for wrestling, Cumberland and Westmorland style.

Quernmore Sports on its steep hillside was a strange mixture of high-powered fell running with big numbers heading up to the top of Clougha Pike, and a village Fete linked strongly to the school with maypole dancing and kiddies' races. The wrestling came at the end of the main programme and kept a vociferous family orientated crowd well entertained until early evening.

Keen attention from onlookers, referee David Parsons and organiser Joe Threlfall

Perhaps wrestling needs more events like this with enough classes to give everyone a fair chance. At every weight and age category there were keen competitors, boys and girls, many still in their running gear from the fell race. At first the wrestlers were absolutely inexperienced and time-consuming for the referee, but as time went on, four young wrestlers with academy training stiffened the competition. Jack Threlfall, Dylan Bradley, Joe Lashley and Josh Threlfall all had good wins.

Dad’s turn Then came the turn of the local men in the Novice wrestling: "Dad, You were rubbish!" Laughter and good humour was the order of the day, though there was some astonishingly technical wrestling with back-heels and inside-clicks as well. And all participants were trying hard despite the levity.
Then to round off the action, applause met the two "real" wrestlers who had lingered at the ring's edge while others competed. Brothers Thomas and Ben Brocklebank were invited to wrestle a challenge match, best-of-seven falls. The two powerful wrestlers at the top of their game quickly showed an extra dimension of the traditional sport when in the first bout they reached positions undreamt of earlier in the day. Ben so nearly buttocked big brother, Thomas, and they fell headlong together from a big height. "Ooh!" went the onlookers, and "Aah!".... And all went home satisfied.

An International Wrestling Training Camp for athletes 14 to 20 years of age is being organised by Frazer Hirsch in Angus for the beginning of August. Already he has had a good response from the Icelanders and the Bretons. Anyone wishing to take part should contact their Academy coach who has full details

© Written by Roger Robson ..... © Photographs by Roger Robson, Jill Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2014)


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Quernmore Show
Event First Second Third
4 Stone G Thackeray A Pajak N Giles
6 Stone Jack Threlfall Harry Carter Hazel Carter
8 Stone D Bradley G Donald Jack Threlfall
Under 7 Years S Rainford G Thackeray A Pajak
Under 9 Years L Longworth B Giles J Bainbridge
Under 11 Years G Donald J Threlfall M Walsh
Under 13 Years Jack Threlfall J Cummings Harry Carter
Under 15 Yaers J Lashley Josh Threlfall D Bradley
Under 18 and 11 Stone D Bradley W Huntington  
Under 18 and 12½ Stone J Lashley, Josh Threlfall J Whitaker
Under 18 Years Josh Threlfall J Lashley J Whitaker
Novice Men A Rainford S Dickinson B Harris
Challenge Match T Brocklebank felled B Brocklebank  
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