Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling

The Wrestling programme at Ambleside Sports has always been one of the main attractions – way back in 1809 a Silver Wrestling Belt and 5 guineas were offered in prizes. The “back hold” is crucial to this style of wrestling. Competitors stand face to face and link their hands behind the opponents back and when the referee is satisfied that each competitor has an equal hold he warns them to be “on guard”. The bout begins with the command “wrestle” a tussle follows where the winner either breaks his opponent’s hold or lands him on the ground to gain a “fall” – bouts are the best of three falls.

Enthusiasm for Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling is kept alive by dedicated families involved in the Sport who pass the techniques and skills from generation to generation and through Wrestling Academies. Three family names – Harrington, Brocklebank and Mason – have been closely involved with wrestling at Ambleside throughout the last 50 years. These names dominate the records and we also find them deeply embroiled in the judging, administration and management of the Sport.

A comprehensive programme of events will take place in the wrestling arena. This will start as soon as the Official Opening Ceremony finishes (approx.  time 12.15) – the competition then runs non-stop throughout the afternoon. The order of these events is as follows (more details are given in the programme):

Finals of local junior schools event.

Costume Events:



Boys & Girls Competition:  
Boys and Girls under 12 

8 stone 

Boys under 15  

Boys under 18

Senior Girls & Ladies:                  
Girls Under 15 

Ladies 10 1/2

Ladies All Weights

11 1/2 stone

 12 1/2 stone

 14 stone   

 Men all weights 

At least one of the above events will be a World Championship  (we don’t receive news of which events until quite close to our event). Competitors taking part in Championship Events must wear traditional costume.

One final  award, The Guinness Trophy,  is also given for outstanding performance on the day.

For more information and comprehensive results  please go to the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Association web site. Entries as per regulations governing the Sport.

Note for all would be Competitors:  You must pay for entry to the sports and after registration (at the wrestling arena) you will be given a ticket  to take to the Treasurers tent for reimbursement of your entry fee.

Visitors with no experience are not excluded both juniors and seniors can register on the day. Just get there a little earlier and find the wrestling arena, you can then receive some basic tuition (not for the feint hearted!).                 NB Please check that there are no Covid or other restrictions in place.