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"West Cumbria is the place to be this autumn"

“We have worked closely with Britain's Energy Coast and Cumbria partners to ensure that this year's Tour of Britain passes through the dramatic scenery of West Cumbria for the very first time.

"I was previously Head of Major Events at the Northwest Development Agency and worked on the early preparations for the Rugby League World Cup so it's fantastic to see West Cumbria also playing its part in hosting another world class major sports event in addition to The Tour of Britain.

"West Cumbria is definitely the place to be this autumn."

– Sheldon Phillips, Regional Representative, the Tour of Britain

“This Autumn is going to be an incredibly memorable one and we are delighted that the Western Lake District will be given such amazing opportunities to shine on a world stage.”

– Katie Read, West Cumbria Tourism Manager

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Lake District celebrates Autumn of International Sport

Children from west Cumbria at the launch Credit: ITV News Border

Representatives from a number of west Cumbrian organisations came together today to celebrate some key international sporting events happening this Autumn.

Members of local junior rugby teams joined up with the Tour of Britain mascot to link together two of the most prestigious events to be held in the Western Lake District.

The Tour of Britain, which is the UK's biggest professional cycle race, will pass through Cumbria on 16th September.

114 riders from 19 teams will tackle the 116 mile route, the majority of which will be in the west lakes for the first time.

The Rugby League World Cup will also be visiting the county with two of Scotland’s fixtures being played at Derwent Park in Workington.

On the 29th October the stadium will see Scotland play Tonga and on the 3rd November it will play host to Scotland’s match against Italy.

Footy in the forest

Two football matches will take place in the heart of a Scottish Borders forest.

Hundreds of trees have been cut down to make the forest pitch between Selkirk and Midlem, in woodland owned by the Duke of Buccleuch. The event is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

After being postponed in July because of a waterlogged pitch an SFA referee has now give the green light.

One of the matches is for men and the other for women. The people taking part have been made British citizens since 2000.

"Like me, the players are all really looking forward to Saturday and the chance to play in this unique sporting arena in a fantastic and beautiful part of Scotland."

– Craig Coulthard, organiser

Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of England helped finance the pitch through national lottery cash to the tune of almost half a million pounds.

Organisers anticipate around 1,000 spectators will attend with the games being shown online via a live internet broadcast.

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Oldest horse race

The Carlisle Bells Credit: ITV Border

The oldest horse racing trophy in the world is to be contested at Carlisle racecourse.

Carlisle Bell and Plate dates back to the 16th Century and the two Bells will be guests of honour at the course and the winning owner of the historic race will be handed a replica.

One of the historic Bells Credit: ITV Border
The Bells date back to the 16th century Credit: ITV Border

Also at the meeting is a horse owned by the Oscar winning actor Dame Judi Dench. Smokey Oakey has been desribed as past his best but he does like the soft ground so should perform well at Carlisle where the going is officially soft.

There'll also be £75,000 prize money up for grabs.

Historic football match re-enacted

Football match recreated Credit: ITV Border

English Heritage has been reviving the spirit of one of the World's first ever football matches - played 4 centuries ago at Carlisle Castle.

'Mary Queen of Scots' watching the game Credit: ITV Border

The game was a bit different in Elizabethan times. It lasted two hours and everyone played in ordinary clothes. What's more, this one was watched by Mary Queen of Scots who was being held prisoner in Carlisle at the time.

Footballs bow to the 'Queen' Credit: ITV Border
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