Distington - West Cumbria Vintage Club

Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Skelton Show Committee announced the cancellation of all equestrian events following torrential rain on Friday afternoon. At that time it was still hoped that the show would go ahead the next day. To steer clear of standing water, the wrestling ring was reduced in size, the wrestling tent was repositioned and the grass was cut ready for action. However, the weather proved it was boss when heavy overnight rain forced the whole show to be cancelled early Saturday morning. It was such a disappointment after all the hard work to resume the Show following a two year hiatus. We hope 2023 sees the return of Skelton Show, a favourite event of many.

On Sunday, out west at Distington Vintage Rally, wrestling did go ahead. As the start time came around there was a good crowd of spectators gathering up. Wrestlers were rather thin on the ground but those present provided some great entertainment. In the Under 10 years class, Ellena Peacock; winner at both Northumberland and Cumberland County Shows was beaten in the final by Esmae Woodend. Though Esmae is a new face on the scene this grass season, she has been learning skills at Waberthwaite Wrestling Academy. The Under 12 years class saw the two girls meet again in the semi final but Ellena had got the measure of Esmae and the tables were turned. Through to the final, Ellena met the skilled Bobby Stewart who is unbeaten in his class this season. At only half Bobby’s size, Ellena was not perturbed and at one point large gasps were heard from the crowd as Ellena came close to taking a fall. Regular competitor Nathan Guy of Kendal Academy did well to despatch Bobby Stewart, George Peacock and Thomas Moffat to win the Under 15 years class. The winner of the Under 18 years class was Alfie Spedding of Egremont. Alfie is only 16 yet seems to have been ‘man size’ for years! Matty Hodgson of Low Hesket had to be happy to be runner up to Alfie but in the following classes of 12.5st and All weights the glory was all his own. Matty beat the lively Harry Wilson in the 12½st class, followed by stablemate Thomas Moffat in the final. In the All weights class Matty met Distington Rally regular - gentle giant Tom Wren. Crafty footwork was the order of the day as Matty cleverly felled the giant to reach the final. John Paul Hasley - Jiu-Jitsu brown belt was Matty’s next hurdle. A clean inside hipe gained Matty the first fall. Then, after a few seconds into the next hold John Paul broke hold. Matty had done the double! 

Sat 16th July - Penrith Show - 1.15pm

U10yrs / U12yrs / U15yrs / Girls U15yrs / U18yrs / U21yrs / Ladies 10st Championship / 11½st/ 13st / 16st / Ladies AW / AW

Sat 23rd July - Beetham Sports - 2pm

U10yrs / U12yrs / U14yrs / U16yrs / U18yrs / Girls U17yrs / Ladies Open / 13st / AW


N.B. Prizes to third place


Event First Second Third Fourth
U10 years Esmae Woodend Ellena Peacock Henry Fielding
U12 years Bobby Stewart Ellena Peacock Esmae Woodend
U15 years Nathan Guy Thomas Moffat Jack Hufton
U18 years Alfie Spedding Matty Hodgson Nathan Guy
12.5 stone Matty Hodgson Thomas Moffat Harry Wilson
All Weights Matty Hodgson John Paul Hasley Tom Wren