Coniston Country Fair


Friday 25th July Langholm Common Riding (2.30) U12 / U16 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday 26th July Penrith Show (1.00) U12 / U15 World Championship / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies Open / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday 26th July - Beetham Sports (2.00) U12 / U14 / U16 / U18 / Ladies / 13st / AW
Thursday 31st July Ambleside Sports - (12.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U14 / Ladies / 8st / 11½st / 12½st / 14st / AW
Saturday August 2nd Cockermouth Show - (1.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday August 2nd Powburn Show - (2.30) U10 / U13 / U16 / 11st World Championship / AW / Novices
Sunday August 3rd Gilsland Show - (12.30) U10 / U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies Open / 11½st / 14st World Championship / AW
Thursday August 7th - Ings

Coniston Hall with the unlikely chimneys, Coniston Old Man in the clouds.

Andrew Carlile did most of the work, but Jack Brown gained most of the wins in the wrestling at Coniston Country Fair. In the 11½ stones, they were the stand-out competitors and after a close bout, Brown felled Carlile in the semi-final, before going on to beat the improving but much lighter Thomas Hayhurst in the final.

  James Hayhurst hipes George Wilson

One of the likely winners in the 13 stones was James Hayhurst, who has held two senior championships yet is still competing in the Under 18s. It fell to Carlile to meet him in the semi-final and the two showed wrestling at its best. Carlile struck first with a lightning twist for the first fall. Hayhurst then swung his man round and inside-clicked him in mid-air to equalise. The deciding fall went to Carlile with his trade-mark right-leg outside stroke which abruptly terminated the struggle.

 Jack brown gets the final twist against Andrew Carlile in the 13st finalThat threw Jack Brown, the 11st Champion, and Carlile, the 12st Champion, together for the final. Both wrestlers were at the top of their game with adizzying series of attacks and counters. For the first fall, Brown finished it by hiping and following, hiping and following right across the ring until Carlile hit the grass. Carlile's faithful outside-stroke evened the score, and that set the scene for the best fall of the afternoon. After all the action Jack Brown's big twist, close to the ground, won the day.
 Stuart Fleming back-heels Andrew Carlile in the All Weights final

"Grip him! Go for it! Get the elbow down!" Peter Hayhurst was advising his grandson William on tactics. He was one of several heavier wrestlers in the All Weights, and that strategy worked well to begin with against his brother, James, and for the first fall against the inevitable Andrew Carlile in the semi-final, but Carlile resorted to his outside-stroke and went through to the final against the powerful Stuart Fleming.
Fleming had too much power and skill, and his first fall was a classic outsde stroke which laid Carlile flat on the turf.

Kendal Wrestlers George Wilson and James Hayhurst were a class above the rest in their age-groups. In the Under 12s, Gemma Couthard had her first success against the skilful Mark Wharton for some time, taking the first with a spectacular cross-buttock. Gemma then met big sister Anna in the Ladies final and had to concede bragging rights.

Anna Coulthard has attended plenty of wrestling events with her sister, but could never be persuaded to take part, until a few weeks ago when Alf Harrington took wrestling into Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton, for a taster course. Since then she has been taking part regularly and successfully.

School wrestling sessions are a clear way to reveal natural talent, and at Ambleside Sports next week the wrestling programme opens with a three way match between the Junior schools at Grasmere, Ambleside, and Langdale as a result of three days of in-school wrestling courtesy of the Ambleside Sports Trust and Kendal coach, John Wilson.

We await results from Tom Harrington's recent training session at St Margaret Marys School, Upperby.

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


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Coniston Country Fair
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard J Guy M Hodgson
Under 15 Years G Wilson T Hayhurst A Storey
Under 18 Years J Hayhurst T Hayhurst A Storey
Ladies A Coulthard G Coulthard J Harrison
11½ Stone J Brown T Hayhurst A Carlile
13 Stone J Brown A Carlile J Hayhurst
All Weights S Fleming A Carlile W Hayhurst

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