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RUNNING AND WRESTLING AT GRASMERE SPORTS IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND'S LAKELAND

RUNNING AND WRESTLING AT GRASMERE SPORTS IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND'S LAKELAND

Wrestling is as ardently carried on in Devon and Cornwall as in Westmorland and Cumberland, but the Fell Races are unique. They are Grasmere's own. The village lies in one of the loveliest parts of Westmorland, at the place where the waters of the Rothay flow into Grasmere Lake. A festival known as "rushbearing" has been associated with St. Oswald's Day (August 5) since perhaps before the Conquest, and nowadays it is held on the first Saturday after, Saints' days having ceased to be holy days or holidays in England. The sports take place every year in the same month. The great event is the Fell Race, or Guides' Race. The top right-hand photograph shows the cairn at the top of the ascent while the race-steward takes the competitors' numbers.

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