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Did you know that Pole Vaulting, as a sport, was invented here in the 1879? Pole vaulting to cross waterways had been a technique employed around the world for centuries, including on the fells of Lancashire over the Water, but at Ulverston Cricket Club in 1879 a competition to use poles for height was (as it were) launched. Neighbours a bit north in Greystoke may argue about this as a first – it is claimed a Mr Alcock cleared nine feet at an event held at Greystoke Races in 1839

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