Crowds defied the dismal weather to enjoy Grasmere’s 168th sports extravaganza this weekend.

Loyal crowds turned out in their thousands to the annual event on Stock Lane. With a jam-packed itinerary of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, hound trails, fell running for both adults and children, a dog show, sprint races, and the ‘long-leap’ for youngsters, the day was a triumphing success.

Two new acts - the H&M dog display team and ‘Dangerous Steve’, who juggled fire and chainsaws, were welcomed this year too.

A variety of trade stands and a beer tent were also present, providing dry shelter and a refreshing beverage for visitors during the downpours.

Chairman of the Grasmere Sports Committee, Hal Bagot, said: “We are very pleased with the turnout at Grasmere Sports this year which was exceptional despite such wet weather conditions.

“The event has a very special place in the hearts of both visitors and the local community. We would like to thank our visitors for joining us and extend hearty thanks to our sponsors, Jennings Brewery and Rathbones.”

One of the shows highlights was the dog show with 54 competitors in the puppy, adult and veteran classes.

Taking first and second places in the U14 Guides Race were twin brother James and Harry Bowen while the winning girl in the U14 Guides Race was Olesia Winder. Coached three times each week by her dad, Oleia described her first win at Grasmere Sports as “really great”.