Hello, I’m Sam Sharp. I have worked at George Fisher for nearly two years now, having previously worked at Cotswold Outdoor as a supervisor at the Ambleside and Keswick shops. This business has to be my favourite working environment out of all of the outdoor shops I have worked in (Millets, Blacks and Cotswolds); everyone gets on so well and it is just a happy place to work.
When I first started at George Fisher in 2015 I didn’t really do much in the outdoors, maybe the odd walk with parents up Blencathra as I lived in Threlkeld, near Keswick, but as time went by I got to know the staff and built up some really good friends within the business. I used to do quite a lot of running but in 2016 badly sprained my ankle at a trampoline centre, tearing 9 ligaments and snapping part of my ankle bone, which put me out of action. So I have had a lot of rebuilding, and finally this summer I started getting back into it with some shorter road runs and beginning to get back onto the trails and enjoying running. Thanks to my colleagues for getting me motivated to go out after work and put some miles in, I got back into longer distances.
Having been really sporty and active, after my injury football and rugby took a step back so I could work on my cricket. I started aged four at Threlkeld cricket club; our coaches must’ve seen some talent in me and my brother as we were selected to represent Cumbria aged 12, and we ended up playing for the county right through to under 17s which I captained for a season! We both ended up playing for counties, Ben with Lancashire and I had trials at Durham, then in May the chance of a lifetime came up; travelling to India and playing cricket; Mumbai, Delhi, the Himalayas, the Taj Mahal – unbelievable!
Five years ago Threlkeld were in the bottom of the village leagues; this season they’ve moved through four divisions and are now in the top flight of Eden Valley cricket. It has been a very memorable season for me, becoming the youngest cricketer to take five wickets in one over, and the fifth in all-time cricket history. Exciting times ahead; not just for me, but for George Fisher too!
Local Newspaper the News and Star did a great feature on Sam's history making cricket moment, the whole article is HERE