Norton crowned kings at Peover Hall
TUG OF WAR ALAN KNOTT
TUG of war teams from around the country gathered at the Cheshire Game and Angling Fair at Peover Hall over the weekend to compete in the Tug of War Association National League Finals.
It was the culmination of eight events that have run over the course of the outdoor tug of war season, with the final points on offer determining who would win the gold, silver and bronze medals in the Tug of War Association National League.
Teams from afar afield as Somerset and Sussex took part at the event which was held over three weight classes.
Each weight class was a combined weight of eight men, with each team weighing in at the start of the day, with the teams not being allowed to exceed the nominated weight limit in each weight class.
Weight classes were held at 600kg, 640kg and 680kg.
Large crowds gathered around the tug of war arena all day to watch the teams taking part battle it out in some thrilling competition which resulted in overall national league victories for the Norton Tug of War Club from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, winning the gold medals in all three of the National League weight classes up for grabs.
The remaining medals were shared between the Two Dales team from Derbyshire who took silver in the 600kg division and bronze in the 680kg division, with Lincoln taking silver in the 640kg and 680kg divisions. Oxney Vines Cross from Sussex took the bronze medals in the 600kg and 640kg divisions.
Cheshire interest in the Tug of War Association National League came Bosley Tug of War Club who finished in sixth place in the National League overall out of the 24 teams who took part in the league over the course of the year.
“It was a great finals event,” said Tug of War Association spokesman Alan Knott. “The venue was fantastic and it was great to see lots of people at the game fair stopping by to watch the tug of war teams battling it out to come out on top.
“We certainly look forward to returning to the event next year. We are very keen to expose our great team sport to a larger audience and we are always looking to encourage more new teams and more new recruits to existing teams.
“Tug of war is a great team sport for people of all ages and abilities, and many people do it not only to keep fit, but for the competition and social side of the sport which you just don’t get from sitting down in front of a computer at home.
“Anyone interested in getting involved in tug of war should visit our web site where they can find contact details and other information about how to get started.”
Some of the tug of war teams that took part at the event are now looking ahead to the European Tug of War Championships which are being held in Belfast, Northern Ireland in September. For further information about tug of war and how you can get involved, visit www. tugofwar.co.uk.
●● Bosley tug of war team in action at Peover Hall