Nor­ton crowned kings at Peover Hall

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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. tu­

●● Bosley tug of war team in ac­tion at Peover Hall

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