Little and Large events draw their Supporters


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

Although there were a lot of wrestling events in Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland last week, and wrestlers covered many miles to compete, there was a sense that the sport had gone back to its roots in a lull between major events. Three events on the wrestling calendar give significantly more than two thousand pounds in prize-money each: Grasmere Sports, Rothbury Mart and the Westmorland Show, and they all happen in a heap.

Grasmere, on the Bank Holiday attracted a big attendance of international wrestlers and basked in the sun. The Rothbury Mart wrestling takes place tonight, indoors, with £400 for the winner of the 15st World Championship, and next Thursday the Westmorland Show wrestling programme includes the 13st World Championship with more than £500 for that weight alone.

Looking for mushrooms; Ben Brocklebank points a Breton earthwards at Crosby Ravensworth

Starting young: Ted Hodgson hipes John Gibson at Crosby Ravensworth Show


Last week had many events without a major focus, so the wrestlers supported their local shows. At Crosby Ravensworth and Grayrigg shows, however, the Bretons, Icelanders and Scots, bruised by much competition, supported the final events of their 2014 tour. It was appropriate that the Breton, Gerald Brunou, a veteran of our rings now, after much skilful wrestling at many venues, felled Andrew Carlile in the lightweight final at Grayrigg. Similarly Asmundur Asmundursson ended his tour with a win in the All Weights when he felled Joseph Robson. Ryan Dolan, from Carnoustie also had a good All Weights win to add to his collection this year.

Two days later, four events happened on the same day, and the support given by local wrestlers came into its own. Bellingham Show was typical of the day. When we arrived after attending the wrestling at Newcastleton Show there was nothing but an area cordoned off by rope, chainsaws and loud music for neighbours and a speaker system lying on the ground. Two hours later the crowd that we had gathered still circled the ring to watch and loudly applaud Jason Davidson felling the Heavyweight Champion, Andrew Ord in the last bout of the day.

The Rothbury Academy had brought car-loads of keen youngsters in their club colours to compete at Newcastleton and Bellingham. A million miles away at Millom and Broughton Show it was the Kendal Academy that shone throughout. And in the middle, at Hesket Newmarket Show, Carlisle Wrestling Club members foregathered; Ben Harrison won his second competition of the day; and Thomas Gibson won again after coming back from a broken ankle, football inflicted.

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


( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2014)
Crosby Ravensworth
Event First Second Third
Under 13 Years K Harrison T Hodgson J Gibson
Under 16 Years Joshua Threlfall T Hayhurst K Harrison
Under 18 Years S Wilson G Tassel Joshua Threlfall
Ladies C Hodgson A Marston E Johanssdottir
13 Stone G Brocklebank A Carlile B Brocklebank
All Weights R Dolan Joe Threlfall A Asmundursson
Grayrigg Show
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years T Wilson L Harrison R Hodgson
Under 12 Years G Coulthard K Harrison J Gibson
Under 15 Years G Wilson B Harrison J Wilson
Under 18 Years G Wilson S Wilson B Harrison
Girls A Marston G Coulthard L Bigley
9 Stone T Hayhurst K Harrison L Hall
11½ Stone G Brunou A Carlile E Tassel
13 Stone G Brocklebank B Brocklebank A Carlile
Ladies Open C Hodgson P Sellin A Marston.
All Weights A Asmudursson J Robson T Brocklebank
Newcastleton Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Bates L Smith R Hodgson
Under 13 Years T Davidson J Harrison M Bates
Under 15 Years B Harrison A Story F Cansfield
Under 18 Years Joe Hale B Harrison A Story
Ladies Open C Hodgson F Waddington A Marston
12½ Stone J Brown Joe Hale M Harrington
All Weights R Fox J Brown G Denby
Bellingham Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T Davidson M Bates A Hindmarsh
Under 16 Years Joe Hale A Story T Davidson
Novice Joe Hale E Donald J Coates
Ladies C Hodgson F Waddington L Singer
7 Stone M Bates W Hindmarsh O Scott
9 Stone A Story T Davidson F Cansfield
12 Stone J Brown N Munroe Joe Hale
14 Stone J Brown A Sandercock J Peile
All Weights J Davidson A Ord J Brown
Hesket Newmarket
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Armstrong G Coulthard H Alecock
Under 15 Years B Harrison R Armstrong L Green
Under 18 Years T Gibson T Wales P Potts
Ladies D Thompson E Hortin P Bell
Novice S Austin P Potts S Coburn
12½ Stone A Carlile S Coburn P Potts
Millom and Broughton
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years J Penellum M Capstick S Hoccam
Under 12 Years K Harrison J Southward J Guy
Under 15 Years Local B Chinn R Albion J Southward
Under 16 Years G Wilson T Hayhurst B Chinn
Under 18 Years G Wilson K Harrison T Hayhurst
12 Stone T Hayhurst R Albion K Harrison
All Weights G Brocklebank, G Wilson W Hayhurst

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