Richard Fox has a field day at Ambleside anD cockermouth


Thursday August 7th - Ings - (2.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U18 / 13st / AW
Saturday Augist 9th - Dalston Show - (12.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday August 10th - Forestburngate (2.30) U10 / U12 / U15 / U21 / 12½st / 15½st / AW / Ladies
Tuesday August 12th - Kirkby Lonsdale (1.30) U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 13st / AW
Saturday August 16th Allendale (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / 11½st / 13½st/ AW
Saturday August 16th Gosforth (2.00) U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 10½st World Championship / 12st / AW
Saturday August 16th Rusland (2.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 13 / AW
Sunday August 17th Torver (2.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW / Costume
Sunday August 24th Grasmere Sports (11.00) U12 / U15 / Girls U15 / U18 /Girls U18 / 8st / Women 10st / 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / Women AW / AW / Costume (4) (£2500)
Monday August 25th Silloth (11.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Monday August 25th Keswick (3.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Wednesday August27th Ennerdale (2.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Thursday August 28th Crosby Ravensworth (12.45) U13 / U16 / U18 / Girls Open/13/AW/Costume
Thursday August 28th Grayrigg (3.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls Open / 8st /11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday August 30th Newcastleton (12.00) U13 / U15 / U18 / Ladies/ 12½st / AW
Saturday August 30th Millom & B`ton (3.00) U12 / Local U15 / U16 / U18 / 12st / AW
Saturday August 30th Hesket Newmarket (3.15) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls Open / Novice / 12½st
Saturday August 30th Bellingham (3.30) U12 / U16 / Novice / Ladies / 7st / 9st / 12st / 14st /AW
Friday 5th September Rothbury (6.30pm) U10 / U12 / U14 / U17 / U21 / Girls U16 / 9st / 11st / 13st / 15st World Championship / AW / Women's AW
Saturday 6th September Harbottle U10 / U12 / U15 / U21 / Girls / Novice / 12st / AW
Saturday September 6th Lowick (3.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / 12½st / AW
Sunday Sept 7th Wolsingham (12.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½ / 14st / AW.
Sun Sept 7th Loweswater (4.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12st / AW
Thursday September 11th Westmorland Show (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies Open / U21-11st / 12st / 13st World Championship / 14st / AW
Saturday September 13th Stanhope (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW World Championship
Sunday September 14th - Whitfield (2.00) - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½ / AW ************************************

Richard Fox with his mother and father after a great day at Ambleside

Richard Fox had a week of wrestling to savour. At Ambleside Sports he was in three finals and won two of them. Raymond Rogerson, the Guinness trophy judge, had the easiest job ever in deciding that Fox merited the trophy for the best performance of all in the Ambleside wrestling.
In the 12½ stones final, Ben Brocklebank drew first blood when Fox's hanking attempt failed, but Fox gained the next two falls by back-heeling and twisting. In the 14 stones final he met Ben's big brother, Graham Brocklebank, and disposed of him in straight falls, first by hanking and then by countering Brocklebank's back-heel with a timely twist. Then in the All Weights final, he completed the full set of Brocklebank brothers when he met the heaviest of them all, Thomas. Four close falls were needed to sort out the result. In the fourth fall Brocklebank simply snuffed out Fox's attempt to buttock.
Two days later at Cockermouth Show, Richard Fox scored a full house by winning both the 13 stones and the All Weights.

Yet the week ended in disappointment when he lost the 14st world title at Gilsland Show celebrating its Centenary year. Guess who felled him in the semi-final? Yes, Graham Brocklebank, who had obviously thought long and hard about tactics on the long journey from his home in Wharton, Lancashire. At this point I should be listing the details of the falls, but as I was the referee for the championship, I had to concentrate on the result of the action rather than the action itself. All I can say is that the power, intensity and flow of the wrestling were palpable, and Brocklebank won through to the final.

 Jack Brown survived from this position to fell Alan Jones in the first round of the 14st Championship at Gilsland

 Robson Green applauds Jack Brown who retained the 11st title at Powburn

His opponent, Jack Brown, had renewed his lease on the 11st championship at Powburn Show the previous day, and had surmounted an unexpected hurdle in the first round at Gilsland when he met his wrestling coach from Carlisle Wrestling Club, Alan Jones, on a rare outing. I remember the last fall, for it looked as if Jack Brown would be twisted down by the veteran wrestler, but Brown spread his long legs and chested him down.

In recent years Brocklebank has missed out on a few championships that he looked destined to win, but he made no mistake at Gilsand.
Graham Brocklebank’s winning fall against Jack Brown in the 14st final at Gilsland

The 11st Championship at Powburn was enlivened when the television presenter, actor and singer, Robson Green, entered the draw. He is well known at the moment for his "Extreme Fishing" series and is busy continuing his "Tales from Northumberland", which brought him to Powburn Show. He wore a wrestling strip and was a genuine contender in the championship until Rothbury's Joe Hale felled him in the first round with a swinging hipe. After being eliminated, he addressed the crowd, stressing the value of the local traditions which give identity to an area.
The 11st final saw Jack Brown survive an attack from Andrew Carlile in the first bout, and then clinch the win with a strong back-heel.

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


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Ambleside Sports
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years M Wharton Jack Threlfall G Coulthard
Under 15 Years G Wilson Joshua Threlfall T Hayhurst
Under 18 Years S Wilson G Wilson Joshua Threlfall
Girls Under 14 Years G Coulthard I Kelly E Willoughby
Ladies Open T Hodgson L Singer A Marston
8 Stone M Wharton, A Story Jack Threlfall
11½ Stone J Harrington S Wilson C Whitfield
12½ Stone R Fox B Brocklebank J Harrington
14 Stone R Fox G Brocklebank S Wilkinson
All Weights T Brocklebank R Fox S Fleming
Guinness Trophy Richard Fox    
Cockermouth Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Armstrong S Fulton K Harrison
Under 15 Years G Wilson B Harrison J Wilson
Under 18 Years G Wilson T Hayhurst B Harrison
Ladies L. Murray G. Coulthard A.Marston
11½ Stone K Miller T Wales T Hayhurst
13 Stone R Fox M Harrington J Hall
All Weights R Fox K Miller T Wilson
Powburn Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Bates J Finn W Hindmarsh
Under 13 Years T Davidson W Hindmarsh M Bates
Under 16 Years J Hale C Whitfield H Bertram
Girls Under 16 Years L Singer F Waddington T Bertram
Novices R Dodd C Mason C Whitfield
11 Stone World Championship J Brown A Carlile Joe Hale
All Weights J Davidson, J Brown Joe Hale
Gilsland Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Hodgson C Wharton C Coupland
Under 12 Years R Armstrong C Wharton M Hodgson
Under 15 Years G Wilson C Whitfield M Wharton
Girls Under 15 Years F Waddington L Singer A Marston
Under 18 Years J Coates S Wilson G Wilson
Ladies Open D Thompson D Gibson L Elliot
11½ Stone J Brown P Potts C Mason
14 Stone World Championship G Brocklebank J Brown R Fox
All Weights T Brocklebank G Brocklebank J Davidson

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