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Whitehaven referee lands Challenge Cup final clash

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A rugby referee from Whitehaven has landed the Challenge Cup final clash between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

Gareth Hewer will referee the fixture, being held at Wembley Stadium on August 27th.

The 34-year-old, who works at Sellafield, has been officiating for 12 years and was named Referee of the Year in 2009.

Speaking to, he said it was his "dream come true".


Top Penrith jockey swaps racecourses for classrooms

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One of Cumbria's top jockeys, Emma Sayer from Penrith, has decided to give up her professional riding status.

Emma's been offered a PE teaching job at Ullswater Community College and will return to the amateur racing ranks.

When I got offered the teaching job, it was a chance not to be missed. I feel the time is right to step back a bit and go forward with a different career. I'll still be able to do jumps, just at weekends and school holidays

– Emma Sayer, Amateur jockey

Carlisle United bow out of the League Cup

Carlisle United bow out of the League Cup in a nail biting game that saw both Derby win 14-13 on penalties.

The League Two side played away to Derby County from the Championship. Darren Bent had scored to put Derby in front but Carlisle's Mike Jones took the match into extra-time with an equaliser 5 minutes into stoppage time.

There were no more goals in the extra 30 minutes, taking it to a penalty shootout which saw players take turns until the agonising 14-13 finish.

Sir Bradley Wiggins confirmed for Tour of Britain

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has officially confirmed that he is joining the star-studded line up in the 2016 Tour of Britain.

Straight off the back of his gold-medal success in Rio, Sir Bradley will cycle through the Border region on the first two stages of the tour.

The hundreds of cyclists will end the opening stage on Sunday 4 September in Castle Douglas, starting the second stage on Monday 5 September in Carlisle, through flood-hit areas of the Lake District before ending in Kendal.


Whitehaven without head coach for Workington derby

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Whitehaven RLFC will be without head coach James Coyle after the club elected to dismiss him on Wednesday morning.

In statement on their website, a club spokesperson said:

To all concerned. unfortunately the Board of Directors have decided that due to recent circumstances we are left with no option but to relieve the Head Coach of his duties, with immediate effect.

We wish James all the best in the future.

– Whitehaven RL spokesperson

The move comes just days before the West Cumbrian derby, with both Workington and Whitehaven propping up the league table.

Assistant coach Gary Broadbent has also left the club, after resigning for 'personal reasons.'

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