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Ten thousand take part in Great North Swim

More than 10,000 took part in the Great North Swim Credit: North News

More than ten thousand people are taking part in this year's Great North Swim.

Competitors braved the cold water to swim the one-mile course at Lake Windermere, in the Lake District today.

A 10k swim is being introduced on Sunday which is expected to take experienced swimmers around four hours to complete.


Cumbrian sportsman breaks collegiate hammer throw record

Nick Miller threw 76.93m at The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division One Outdoor Championships in Oregon, USA. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An international track and field athlete from Carlisle, has achieved one of the farthest hammer throws in collegiate history at a championship event in Oregon, USA.

Nick Miller threw 76.93m at The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division One Outdoor Championships.

He was the silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the gold medallist at the 2015 European Athletics U23 Championships.

He holds the British record of 77.55 m.

Football fans urged to behave ahead of Euro 2016

Fanzones have been set up in France, and back home fans are being urged to be responsible. Credit: PA

Cumbria Police is urging football fans to enjoy this year's European Championships by acting responsibly.

Officers will be patrolling town centres across the county in increased numbers during some of the most popular fixtures.

They will also be working with local pubs and bars to keep the public safe and reduce the number of criminal offences.

Football is an emotive sport and it is well-documented that some commit violence when reacting to this emotion. There is simply no excuse for violence and we want people to treat each other with respect. The score of a football match should not result in someone being subjected to abuse.

If you are enjoying a drink whilst watching the tournament please do so responsibly. Know your limits and do not in any circumstances consider driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

– Superintendent Mark Pannone


Carlisle United reveal friendly fixtures

Carlisle United. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have revealed a provisional list of the friendly games they will play in preparation for next season.

  • Tue 5 Jul - Queen of the South (behind closed doors)
  • Wed 6 Jul - Kendal Away - 7.45pm
  • Sat 9 Jul - Workington Away - 3pm
  • Wed 13 Jul - Warrington Away - 7pm
  • Sat 23 Jul - Barrow Away - 3pm
  • Tue 26 Jul - Bury (behind closed doors)
  • Sat 30 Jul - Bradford Away - 3pm
  • Sat 6 Aug - Season starts

A friendly fixture with Penrith AFC is still to be arranged.

Carlisle United sign two wingers

Mansfield Town's Reggie Lambe shields the ball from Oxford United's John Lundstram (left). Credit: PA

Carlisle United have boosted their squad by singing two new wingers.

Reggie Lambe, 25, from Mansfield Town, has joined on a one year deal.

He made his debut for the Stags in their 3-2 home victory over Carlisle in September 2014.

People like Reggie can unlock doors for you in difficult situations. He's a wide player who can come in off the line, or go down it, and he's good with both feet.

We'll be able to play Reggie in a number of positions, but we've spoken to him and we know what his best position will be. Reggie had more financially lucrative offers to go and play at the same level, or higher, but he’s chosen to come here and that’s something we’re very pleased about.

– Head of recruitment Lee Dykes

The club have also signed Jamie Devitt, 25, on a two-year deal from Morecambe.

Jamie is a very talented individual who joins us on the back of a successful season on a personal level.

Jamie was arguably one of the most effective players we faced last year, playing a big part in three of the four goals we conceded against Morecambe.

– Head of recruitment Lee Dykes

Carlisle United appoint new Chief Executive

Nigel Clibbens Credit: PA

Carlisle United Football Club have appointed Nigel Clibbens as the Club’s new Chief Executive.

Clibbens was previously Chief Executive Officer at Championship club Huddersfield Town for seven years, and will take up his new role at Brunton Park on Monday 6 June 2016.

His role means he will be the key point of contact for first team manager Keith Curle.

During the transition period of the current transfer window, player recruitment will continue to involve Andrew Jenkins and John Nixon.

John Nixon will retain his current role of Director of External Affairs, covering Football League and FA duties on behalf of the club.

Speaking to, Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins said:

I am delighted to welcome Nigel to Carlisle United. The time is right for this latest change in our progression after those made last year.

Along with his knowledge and skills he will bring a fresh approach and new ideas which we recognise as important for the club as we continue to rebuild after the floods and look forward.

He has a good track record on and off the pitch, I know that we have someone who can take us forward.

Nigel will run the club day-to-day and will work manager with Keith Curle and the existing directors to do what is required to improve us. He will help give us a club that we and our fans can be proud of.

In doing so, he will receive the full support of everyone at Carlisle United to make the changes needed to progress.”

– Andrew Jenkins

Nigel Clibbens said:

It is a honour and privilege to join Carlisle United in this role. I have been fortunate to be a part of a team that transformed my previous club both on and off the field and I am excited by this opportunity. I am looking forward to working together with everyone and I will endeavour to do everything possible to bring success to the club.

– Nigel Clibbens
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