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D'Arcy-Garbutt Cup Round 3 Print E-mail

Friday the fourth of April was the 3rd edition of the now well established D'Arcy Garbutt Cup between the clubs associated with both named, successful lifters from Featherstone W.L.C and Wakefield College W.L.C. 

The event has grown to be a very popular fixture between both clubs to develop match experience and also provide a strong way to promote and advertise the sport in the local community as we look to continue the Olympic Lifting heritage in our region. Therefore although various factors made the event not run as smoothly as usual the clubs pulled together and made the event as fantastic as the others beforehand. 

The match finished quite late in the evening and though Mark Helme added up that Featherstone just won (sure Mark would have checked if not rushing off to Scotland after!) The decision was taken that the clubs drew as in all honesty the true winner is the sport in our region! 

There was some outstanding lifting on show with Wakefield lifter Sean Glover posting a huge 240 kilo total as he focuses his training on other sports, yet he still put in an excellent performance to place best lifter on the day and remind people what talent he has for Olympic lifting. 

Nick Hall at 50 years young and just two weeks since winning his second British Masters title posted yet another personal best and would be record to add to his expanding collection with a 120kg clean and jerk and a 205kg total. Next stop Copenhagen and the world masters for the 'Beast'! 

Martyn Riley is also reaping the rewards of Nick's coaching as just one week after claiming his tenth regional championship he posted a very solid 157kg total in the 62kg class to come in third place overall. This was very pleasing after being busy looking after his eight year old son Kobain who managed six out of six solid lifts as he prepares for the British Development cup in July. 

Sam Sheen from Wakefield placed fourth after coming back from his university studies to lift a solid five out of six, almost achieving a personal best clean and jerk of 100kg with a 173kg total in the 77kg class with little training on the Olympic lifts beforehand due to his studies, yet he wanted to support his club. 

Mark Wager an outstanding and now eight time British Masters champion lifted with a few injuries but still lifted with much purpose and desire to help his club as he trains along with Nick for the World Masters where Mark has already placed fifth in the past and will strive for more. Mark lifted within himself but still put a show of strength on for the crowd with a 110kg power clean and jerk with ease to his virtual 100kg power snatch. 

Sixth place went to Paul Sheen who after having possibly the shortest warm up in history after being late finishing work still completed a very solid total of 180kg just two weeks after placing second at the British Masters to the actual overall best lifter winner. 

Last and by no means least was Mike Butterworth a former British championship winner who still lifts with a style and commitment that bely his 70 years as he posted a brilliant total of 140 kilos for a man who shows age is but a number.   

There was also just enough time for two debutantes from Wakefield to put in solid showings with new club heavyweight Jonathan Bennett showing bags of potential and strength in nailing all six of his lifts with a 160kg total and slightly late arriving Tom Shaw lifting in the clean and jerk landing all three showing promising style and ending with 60kg. 

Thanks to valued Club members Michael Hall, Alan Lomax and Molly Jane Dyas, (who sadly couldn't show off her massive potential due to injury.) for helping the event run as did the spectators from both clubs and in fact lifters who at times loaded for each other. 

This has been a testing period for both clubs yet as the saying goes what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The two clubs have now got three British champions/medallists, (Nick Hall, Paul Sheen and Mark Wager), add to that further northern region champions/medallists Martyn Riley, Molly Jane Dyas, Mark Helme and Mike Butterworth. There were level one coach awards gained by Martyn Riley, Nick Hall and Mark Wager and Martyn also gained his divisional referee qualification and Paul Sheen was upgraded to a grade two international referee.The Clubs have got STRONGER!

If interested in joining either clubs please contact both clubs through our Featherstone and Wakefield Facebook clubs and friends pages or our details can be found on the club finder and listings at British Weightlifting. 


Martyn Riley, Featherstone W.L.C    


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