The Brocklebank brothers are willing to travel widely to wrestle these days, winning at big events in Northumberland and North Cumbria, but this week Graham and Ben just had a toddle down the road to Quernmore Sports.
Three wrestling families shared the spoils: Elizabeth's big brother George Wilson, the Under 18 Champion, won his age group with big swings of the local lads; Ben Brocklebank did much the same in the 13 stones and Graham in the All Weights; and for the Hodgson family, Ted won the Under 15s and Rosie won the Ladies event.
Three Hodgson sisters, Tracy, Connie and Rosie travelled down to London recently with photographer Steve Ashworth, to create publicity for Ambleside Sports and the inauguration of the Ladies All Weights Championship.
With support from Virgin Trains which was keen to support the idea that Cumbria was still open for business despite Storm Desmond, they were first photographed at Oxenhome Station at the outset of their journey and alongside the Pendolino train appropriately named "The Cumbrian Spirit". The wrestling "flash-mob" then transferred to London for some startling images with Big Ben, Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace providing the background.
Meanwhile back North, a busy week-end is in prospect with co-ordinated events when wrestlers can first compete at Newbrough, near Hexham, and afterwards at Alston Gala. Then on the Sunday wrestling moves to Patterdale for the Ullswater Country Fair amongst the high mountains of the Lakes... a long way from London.
|Under 9 Years||E Wilson||N Giles||T Ashworth|
|Under 12 Years||R Hodgson||L Longworth||D Preece|
|Under 15 Years||T Hodgson||J Charnley||H Carter|
|Under 18 Years||G Wilson||J Whittaker||H Carter|
|Ladies||R Hodgson||H Carter||D Preece|
|13 Stones||B Brocklebank||T Whittaker||T Hodgson|
|All Weights||G Brocklebank||G Wilson||B Brocklebank|