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United's Exet strategy

Carlisle United have the chance to pull away from the bottom of League Two if they can beat Exeter at home tomorrow.

The blues secured a vital win against Cheltenham Town midweek and if they can secure back to back wins they could go five points clear of the drop zone. Ryan Dollard reports.

On the court for cancer cash

A 24 hour netball challenge has started at St Bees school today.

Both primary and secondary schools are taking part in the event throughout the day which runs through to Saturday morning.

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border News

The 24 hour challenge will have a staff game as well as local netballers from all over Cumbria playing during the night.

The event is part of Pink Netball fortnight which aims to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

24 hour netball challenge Credit: ITV Border News

Carlisle plays host to pre-Cheltenham race action

Carlisle Racecourse hosts an afternoon jumps meeting today, with the first of seven races getting under way at 2pm.

Besides the action on the track, the fixture also includes a preview of next week's Cheltenham Festival, with a panel of racing experts offering their tips for the big annual four-day event, which starts on Tuesday March 10th.

It will be a busy afternoon for top jockey Brian Harding, who has three rides at Carlisle before joining the preview panel after the last race at 5.15pm to give his insight on the festival - known as The Greatest Show on Turf.

Harding is among five of the top 20 in the jumps jockey championship who will be riding at Carlisle. The others are Tom Scudamore, Brian Hughes, Wilson Renwick and James Reveley.

Joining him on the panel in the Lloyd Motor Group Lawn Suites will be trainer Lucinda Russell and former champion jumps jockey Peter Scudamore, plus Cumbrian racing journalist and broadcaster John Budden. It will be chaired by Gordon Brown, Carlisle Racecourse raceday announcer, with free entry for all spectators who have attended the race meeting.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV Border News

"It's a nice double for everyone - a great afternoon's racing followed by a free Cheltenham preview just five days before the festival starts.

"There should be lots of tips and all the latest information about Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup, coming direct from the experts, which is the next best thing to getting it from the horse's mouth!"

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager


The blues bounce back with a goal from Wykes

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Carlisle United bounced out of the relegation zone with a 1 - 0 victory over Cheltenham town last night.

Charlie Wykes scored the only goal of the game in the first half and United clung on under some pressure to secure the win.

Teenager Kyle Dempsey was skip of the evening becoming the youngest player ever to wear the captains arm band he explained what the crucial victory meant to the dressing room.

Hundreds take part in Haweswater Half

The half-marathon takes runners alongside Haweswater Credit: ITV Border

Runners from all over the UK braved wind and snow during the annual Haweswater half-marathon. The route starts in the village of Bampton and heads out on roads that run the length of Haweswater, between Penrith and Shap in Cumbria. It's the 14th year of the race, which is organised by Eden Runners.

"As a club we are proud to welcome runners from all over and are pleasantly surprised at how far some people travel to run in the race that over the years has gained a fantastic reputation. The course is stunning and a significant part of the race has the glorious backdrop of the remote mountain valley and the shores of Haweswater."

– Andy Sharples, Eden Runners

James Buis from Carlisle was the first man across the line and Heidi Dent from Kirkby Stephen was the first woman to finish the race.

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