Cumbria and sport
Perhaps it is the clear Lakeland air or stunning surroundings in Cumbria that encourage enthusiastic participation in a huge range of sports. The county has successful football, rugby union and league clubs with teams enjoying appearances at Wembley in recent years.
Cumbria hosts the Great North Swim, the UK's biggest outdoor swimming event, along with a packed calender of cycling, running and walking challenges, including one of the UK's most successful sponsored walks 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow. Barrow regularly hosts the British Kite Surfing Championships and there are unique sporting activities to be enjoyed such as Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, hound trailing, and fell running. Kendal's Lakeland Climbing Centre is equipped with world class indoor climbing facilities and the lakes across the county offer the perfect setting for sailing - both competitively and purely for pleasure.
Kendal RUFC is Cumbria's highest place Rugby Union side playing in the national league 2.
Barrow AFC is the Semi-professional football club based in Barrow-in-Furness. The club plays in the Blue sq. Premier League which is just below the professional football league system.
Carlisle United are a professional football club based in Carlisle. The club plays in the Football League 1 and are hoping for promotion to the Football Championship.
Founded in 1875, it is thought to be amongst one of the oldest clubs in the UK that is still surviving and continuing to play in the Rugby League today. Barrow Radiers are now pushing for their Super League application and were crowned Champions of the Co-Operative championship in 2009.
Workington Town RLFC was formed in December 1944, The rise to the top was nothing short of miraculous as from the first a win, at home to Broughton Rangers in front of 4,100 fans, in six years Town had risen to the pinnacle of Rugby League Champions when they defeated Warrington in the final at Main Road Manchester on 5th May 1951.
Workington Town now play in Division 1.
Whitehaven RLFC is a rugby league club playing in Whitehaven in West Cumbria. They play in Co-operative Championship. Their stadium is called the Recreation Ground. Their mascot is a lion called "Pride".