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Munnelly wins race to top of Hartside

Dry but cool conditions greeted riders on top of Hartside on Sunday as Border City Wheelers’ annual hill-climb tackled the 5.3 mile route from Melmerby to the summit.

With pre-event favourite James Dobbin withdrawing after feeling unwell on the drive up to Cumbria, it was left to one of the season's new faces, Dominic Munnelly (KB Cycles) to conquer the climb for the first time with a rapid 18.22 ride.

A little short of the course record, his time was nonetheless 37 seconds clear of runner-up Ian Taylor (MTS Cyclesport).

Taking fourth with a 19.02.8 ride was current National Junior hillclimb champion Adam Pinder (Clayton Velo). In the ladies event, Anne Plant (Barrow Central Wheelers) fresh from a recent win in the UCI Masters World Road Race Championships, was clear winner with a 21.48.6 time.

Fastest of the Border City Wheelers was Gordon Fargher, who rode his regular time trial bike, complete with tri bars and disk wheel up the climb into eighth overall with a 20.10.

Also back in form after a nasty mid-season training accident was Carlo Berton, just over 34 seconds behind Fargher and good enough for second Border City Wheeler and 12th overall.

On Saturday, a small group of Wheelers headed to Levens to ride the 10 for one of the final times this season. Junior rider Richard Handley (Max Gear RT) proved fastest on the evening with a 19.42 time, just six seconds clear of runner-up James Stuart (KFS Special Vehicles).

Fastest Border City Wheeler was again Gordon Fargher with a 20.20, followed by Mike Westmorland 21.52. Other Wheelers times were: Carlo Berton (22.10), Dougi Hall (23.07) and Diane Hulbert (24.27) while special mention should go to Sam Hall, whose 24.09 was a PB by one minute 13 seconds and just nine seconds short of the magical 25 mph barrier.

At the weekend, a coachload of local cyclists (and some not-so-locals) made the annual trip to Northern France to ride the Ronde Picarde sportive. Not even the Channel tunnel train fire could deter the intrepid riders who, thanks to some last-minute travel changes, were on the start line on Saturday morning at 8am for the 115-mile blast through the French countryside.

Fastest Wheelers were Steve Jagger and Chris Taylor who were joined by ex-Wheeler Trevor Blackburn in recording a 5.09.40 time, just over 20 minutes down on winner Benjamin Audoux.

In the shorter Senior event over 84 miles, Chris Dale was fastest of the Wheelers with a 4.07.05 time.


8, Gordon Fargher, 20.10.0; 12, Carlo Berton, 20.44.8; 13, Richard Bickley, 21.04.3; 18, Anthony Labram, 21.22.4; 20, Dougi Hall, 21.45.1; 23, Peter Dalgliesh, 22.21.7; 24, Luke Douglas, 22.28.3; 25, Mike Westmorland, 22.32.5; 26, Scott Newburn, 22.32.9; 27, Paul Freeman, 22.42.3; 29, Craig Horseman, 22.55.8; 30, Keith Bickley, 23.04.5; 31, Phil Bent, 23.14.6; 32, Daniel Fricker, 23.36.2; 33, Matt Hemingway, 23.41.6; 34, Sam Hall, 23.47.5; 39, Neil Robinson, 24.04.2; 40, Neil Davison, 24.07.0; 41, Ian Pipes, 24.26.7; 42, Alex Forbes, 25.12.0; 47, Patrick Robinson, 26.33.6; 48, Luke Irons, 27.50.5; 49, David Fargher, 27.55.4; 53, David Law, dns; 54, Stan Brown, dns; 55, Andrew Brooks, dns; 56, Mark Lowry, dns.



Fixtures for Sunday

Division One: Salutation v White Lion; Clickham v Sportsman Sparrows.

Division Two: Royal v Kings Arms B; Mill Inn v Rare Breeds (Herdwick).

Aspatria & District Ladies Darts League

Results from September 9: Sun 7-5 Miners Arms; Bye v Lion Ireby; Oddfellows Arms 8-4 Wheyrigg Hall; Grapes Aspatria 7-5 Grey Goat; Aspatria RUFC 3-9 Red Lion; Bush Kirkbride 8-4 Greyhound Bothel.

Highest Start - 156 Janet Bell Lion, Ireby; Highest Score -156 Janet Bell Lion, Ireby; Highest Finish - 92 Susan Dixon Grapes, Aspatria.

Roweltown Summer Darts League

Results - August 21

Salutation 7-5 Robin Hood D, Robin Hood A 5-7 Black Lion B, Robin Hood B 1-11 Robin Hood C.

Results - August 28

Robin Hood C 7-5 Robin Hood A; Robin Hood D 5-7 Sportsman; Bridge 10-2 Robin Hood B.

Results - September 4

Robin Hood B 5-7 Salutation; Robin Hood A 10-2 Bridge; Sportsman 8-4 Black Lion B.

Aspatria and District Pool League

Results from September 16: Ship 3-6 Baywatch B; Baywatch A 6-3 Sun B; Horse and Jockey 4-5 Grapes B; Goat A 6-3 Letters; Sun A 5-4 Red Lion; Lowther Arms 3-6 Goat B; Bromfield A 8-1 Baywatch C.

Grapes A have dropped out of the league, and teams drawn against them will now have a vacant date.


Carlisle 3 Keswick 1

CARLISLE Ladies continued their winning ways by starting their 2008/9 season campaign with a 3-1 victory against Keswick.

The new surface at Austin Friars St Monica’s School meant both teams were able to play a first half of free flowing fast hockey. However there was no denying Carlisle had the edge throughout the half but failed to find the back of the net.

Carlisle came out to meet the second half with self confidence and belief. With superior imaginative skill Karen Nicoll eventually found the net with a precisely placed shot past the Keswick keeper into the bottom corner.

The first goal proved to be a pivot point of the game and the duck was broken. Carlisle then continued to pile on the pressure.

Carlisle’s strikeforce of Karen Nicoll, Jennie Lewis, Shona Venn upended the opposition defence, midfield players Sarah White, Emma Whitherspoon, Claire Routledge, Cathy Cox worked tirelessly, tackles and clearances from defence of Kath Illidge, Michelle Smith, man of the match Jude Martin, Jemma Cropley and Judith Story were solid but direct and the Carlisle keeper Sarah Dodd commanded her territory effortlessly.

The next Carlisle goal came from Sarah White with one of her renowned solo runs past many players, the Keswick keeper was helpless to stop the powerful shot.

Keswick worked hard to claw back into the game and were rewarded with a goal late into the second half. Although disappointed to concede a goal Carlisle resumed their work ethic and knuckled down to build play which lead to an award of a penalty corner. A formidable strike from Karen Nicoll scored the last goal of the game.

Carlisle Hockey Club welcomes all new players (Male and Female) to the new Astro Turf pitch based at Austin Friars St Monica’s, Etterby Scaur, Stanwix, Carlisle. Team training is on Tuesdays 7-9pm.

Eden Golf Club

Tankard Trophy

September 20

Due to closure of part of the course the Tankard Competition to be held on the September 20 has been cancelled.


Women’s football

Penrith AFC 5 Blackpool Reserves 2

PENRITH AFC Ladies started the new season with several new faces in the team as Felicity Shaw, Jess Boyle, Laura Leyland and Sharmaine Thornthwaite all made their debuts for the club.

The team quickly gelled and played some flowing attacking football but lacked tat cutting edge in front of goal. Lily Gaulton finally broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when a sublime piece of individual brilliance opened up the Blackpool defence and Gaulton cooly finished.

On the stroke of half time an uncharacteristic mistake by Penrith's Kim McCormick let in the Blackpool attacker who equalised totally against the run of play.

Into the second half Penrith re established their lead when Gaulton scored from the penalty spot only for Blackpool the again equalise.

Penrith then produced an inspired period of play which produced 3 goals in little over 10 mins through Gaulton, McCabe and Marriott. Penrith were then able to take their foot off the pedal as they cruisedto a 5-2 victory.

This Sunday Penrith travel to Preston based Pheonix Ladies.

Penrith: Shaw, Duguid, Boyle, Leyland, Brierley (Ballantyne), McCabe, Gaulton, Thornthwaite, Marriott, Hope, Mccormick

Whitehaven Reserves 1 Penrith AFC Development 1

PENRITH'S development team played their first ever game in the newly formed Cumbria County League and they produced a strong team performance to gain a creditable draw away to Whitehaven.

Penrith took the lead on 10 minutes through Katie Armstrong before Whitehaven equalised. Whitehaven pushed for the winner but Penrithswell drilled defence hung on for a point.

Penrith Development: Ballantyne, Awde, Bell, Addison, Threlkeld, Ullyart, Temple, Smith, Armstrong.

Motorsportby Tony Brunskill

IN A novel idea the West Cumbria Motorsport Club  (WCMSC) recently held its first motorsport weekend which involved three different activities at three venues which according to my contact, David Mitchinson from the WCMSC was a great success with an abundance of entrants.

The first, an autotest organised by David with Ryan Winthrop, was on Saturday afternoon even though the lousy weather threatened to stop it but The Sheep and Wool Centre at Cockermouth saved the day by offering to host the competition in its car park.

Fifteen keen entrants tackled the first decider in a smaller than usual area but after six mind-boggling tests it was Sam Steel from Eaglesfield in a Saxo which he had bought specially for the event who clinched the win and ten points.

Rally stalwart, Willie Jarman was second with 8.5 points and the podium was completed by Peter Monkhouse who got a hard-earned seven points.

The autotest required a good memory and keen driving skills and was followed by what is known as 12 navigation car rally to test the navigators.

Starting in St Bees and organised by Mitch McGrath the route used the back roads in the Whitehaven area and finished two hours later at the Wool Centre where the winner was a Sheila’s Wheels victory for Nicola Smith with navigator Pearl Wilson!

Second was Peter and Debbie Monkhouse who were closely followed by Sam Steel and Kerry Carter in third.

After two of the championship’s three events, Sam was in the pound seats with 18 points but only two points of away from Peter Monkhouse in second. 

Separated by a mere half point deficit was Willie Jarman in thir with the final Autosolo test organised by Andy Barnard awaiting them on Sunday to decide the outcome.

With 19 crews out for glory the battle in Eddie Stobart was fierce between the top three in which Sam Steel needed to better Peter Monkhouse’s clean and precise driving style and Willie’s more aggressive one to win.

Luckily, Sam held his nerve and despite a spin which cost him three seconds after the weekend’s eight tests and by a slim one second he won the weekend championship ahead of Monkhouse second and Jarman third.

It was good to hear from the WCMSC and to learn they were doing well with their innovative staging of a tightly run events in a relatively small area to save fuel and costs and in which even the wife’s shopping car could be used to have ago.

If your club wants their activities mentioned, then make sure you copy David Mitchinson and give me  bell or drop me an email – 07860 814338 or tony@4-sq.com

As you read this I will be heading south to the 10th Goodwood Revival which promises to be best ever with, for example, over £85 million-worth of cars racing on the famous track for the AA Club TT Celebration, the one-hour, two-driver race for closed cockpit cars.

Among the line up will be the light-weight Jaguar E type, Ferrari 250 GT SWB, GTO, AC Cobra, Shelby Cobra Daytona and Aston Marin Zagato with famous drivers like Derek Bell, Martin Brundle, Patrick Tombay and Jackie Oliver driving the door handles off these classic and very valuable cars.

Goodwood is my  main holiday where sniffing the heady smells of Castrol R and slaking my thirst with an odd tincture of Veuve Cliquot is where I hope to meet the many other Cumbrians except those of course who will be doing the Wigton Motor Club Reiver’s Raid this Sunday.

A gentle tour of the Borders it’s a great day – details from Graeme Forrester on 01900 825642.

Wrestlingby Roger Robson

IN A difficult year, the Westmorland Show, with its hard showfield roads, was always going to happen regardless of the weather. A large audience watched engrossed round the big wrestling ring, and for much of the time the partisan crowd had local wrestlers to cheer into first places.

Best of all was Graham Brocklebank who cut through two big entries to win at 13 and 14 stones. In both finals, though, he wobbled before coming out on top.

In the 13 stones he took the first fall against David Parsons with an inside-click and a twist off the breast. David Parsons had been bustling and shaking up his opponents throughout the rounds, and he did the same in the final by bringing Brocklebank over on a full buttock. No slack was given by Brocklebank in the decider and he rushed his man off the right hip.

John Harrington took an early lead in the 14st final when he went for a leg-up buttock, the chip that won so many bouts for his father, Joe. In the second hold Brocklebank played it more safely, gaining a good hold and then twisting. The winner was a classy throw from Brocklebank when he swung Harrington and then inside clicked him on landing, an unstoppable throw when properly done. Just to make the Brocklebank family's day even better, big brother Thomas won the All Weights, despite Richard Fox's wriggling and bustling in the final.

The boys' wrestling provided plenty to talk about with Scott Brocklebank and Joe Thompson in the final of the Under 15 Years taking for ever to take hold, the only hiatus in a continuous stream of high quality single fall wrestling, "sudden death" all theway.

A highlight was Luke Benn's success in a highly competitive Under 18 Years. The Under 18 Champion, from Silecroft in the far west of Cumbria, was on his usual excellent form, countering anything thrown at him and, in the final, attacking Sam Wilkinson with a back-heel for the first and an outside-hipe for the second fall.

Carlisle Wrestling Club men, John Harrington and Richard Dixon, both had wins at the Kendal Show and contributed to the entertainment both there and elsewhere. Harrington had four wins at three events, and looked certain to win a fifth time at Whitfield when he felled the massive Thomas Graham of Alston in the semi-final of the All Weights.


Westmorland County Show

Under-12 Years: 1, J Hayhurst; 2, Jack Hall; 3, T Gibson.

Girls Under-14 Years: 1, D Gibson; 2, M Gibson; 3, E Hayhurst.

Under-15 Years: 1, S Brocklebank; 2, J Thompson; 3, W Hayhurst.

Under-18 Years: 1, L Benn; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, J Ewart.

Ladies Open: 1, T Hodgson; 2, C Hodgson; 3, D Gibson.

11st: 1, R Dixon; 2, C Naylor; 3, M Knowles.

12st: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, J Parsons.

13st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, D Parsons; 3, S Wilkinson.

14st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Fox.

All Weights: 1, T Brocklebank; 2, R Fox; 3, T Hodgson.

Stanhope Show

Under-12 Years: 1, J Hayhurst; 2, Joe Hale; 3, J Watson.

Under-15 Years: 1, J Thompson; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, J Hayhurst.

Under-18 Years: 1, Jack Hale; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, J Thompson.

Girls: 1, H Hodgson; 2, C Hodgson; 3, E Hayhurst.

11-and-a-half st: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, J Hayhurst.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, J Thompson; 3, R Dixon.

All Weights: 1, T Graham; 2, R Dixon; 3, John Harrington.


Under-12 Years: 1, J Hayhurst; 2, J Watson; 3, Joe Hale.

Under-15 Years: 1, J Thompson; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, J Hayhurst.

Under-18 Years: 1, Jack Hale; 2, J Ewart; 3, W Hayhurst.

Women's Open: 1, H Hodgson; 2, A Ridley; 3, C Hodgson.

12½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, C Naylor; 3, J Hayhurst.

All Weights: 1, R Wilkinson; 2, John Harrington; 3, J Ewart.


Saturday September 20 - 2pm Egremont Crab Fair U12/U15/U18/11-and-a-half/13/AW

Whalton Village Show Cancelled

Sunday September 21 - Borrowdale Cancelled

Saturday September 27 - 3pm Eskdale Show - includes Under-15 Years Championship

Brampton Invitation Darts

Division One: Shoulder A 7-5 Smithfield B; Smithfield A 6-6 Shoulder B. Low Row A v Salutation - postponed. 180 - A Heather, M Thomson, Shoulder A; D Forster, Smithfield A. Please note: Haywain A has dropped out of the league.

Division Two: Stone A 2-10 Nags C; Blacksmiths A 9-3 Haywain B; Cons Club A 5-7 Stone B; Low Row B 7-5 Blacksmiths B; Corby Bridge 7-5 Coach House.

Division One

Division Two

Islerange Whist League

Results from Monday September 15: Ex Service 3-3 Border Rgt; WMC 1-5 RAOB; Crown & Thistle 2-4 Southend; Harraby CC - vacant date.

Fixtures for Monday September 22: Harraby CC v Crown & Thistle; Border Rgt v WMC; RAOB v Ex Service; Southend - vacant date.

City of CarlisleAmateur Swimming Club

THE City of Carlisle held their second session of the Summer Club Championships at the Pools, Carlisle on Tuesday.

The first event of the evening was the boys nine years and under 25m breaststroke. After the heats, the final result was: 1, Campbell McNaughton, 28.82; 2, Dylan Phipps, 30.57; 3, Chris Green, 31.33; 4, Robert McSkeane, 32.01; 5, Daniel Stanwix; 6, Rory Collins.

The same event was held for the girls nine years and under with a very close and exciting finish: 1, Zara McKnight, 24.97; 2, Amber Patterson, 25.00; 3, Phoebe Wilson, 27.86; 4, Laura Davidson, 28.78; 5, Hannah Messenger; 6, Amelia Wilson.

Event three was the girls open 400m freestyle, which was a heat declared winner and after the heats the final result was: 1, Laura Huggon, 4.42.19; 2, Katrina McColl, 4.53.38; 3, Amy Richardson; 4, Sophie Heeley; 5, Carla McWilliams; 6, Ashley Backhouse.

The young juniors followed again, this time in the boys nine years and under 25m backstroke. The final places were: 1, Campbell McNaughton, 22.76; 2, Robert McSkeane, 24.01; 3, Chris Green, 28.12; 4, Dylan Phipps; 5, Daniel Stanwix; 6, Rory Collins.

The girls nine years and under 25m backstroke: 1, Zara McKnight, 21.21; 2, Amber Patterson, 23.06; 3, Laura Davison, 23.67; 4, Phoebe Wilson; 5, Hannah Messenger; 6, Hannah Lyall.

The boys open competed in 400m freestyle, again a heat declared winner, with the final result being: 1, George Twentyman, 4.27.90; 2, Matthew Nicholson, 4.34.29; 3, Ian Scott; 4, Alisdair Grubb; 5, Jack Kenwright; 6, Jack Lee.


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