Nation’s best roped in for big tug contest
TUG of war teams from around the country will weighin at Macclesfield when the town hosts the national championships.
Hundreds of men and women will take part in the National Outdoor Tug of War championships this summer at Macclesfield Rugby Club’s home ground at Priory Park.
Among them will be the Bosley Tug of War Club which originated at the site of the wood mill in Bosley which exploded last summer, killing four mill workers. The team has an enviable record in the sport.
Alan Knott, secretary for Bosley Tug of War Club and spokesman for The Tug of War Association, said: “It’s a great honour for Macclesfield to host the championships.
“We will have teams that have won World and European Championship medals which should make for a very exciting championship.
“English teams boast a proud record at tug of war, with England having won many gold, silver and bronze medals over the past 50 years. On many occasions, local club Bosley have been the representing team that has won these medals.
“We hope people come along to watch the tug of war championship to give all of our tug of war teams as much support as possible. We are sure that there are many in the area that will come out and support their local team from Bosley.”
Teams will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in mens, ladies and junior weight categories. There will also be a mixed gender weight class up for grabs. The event is being organised by the English Tug of War Association (TOWA) in con- ●● MATTHEW Kevin Gibson, 28, of Byron’s Lane, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage. He was jailed for 16 weeks. ●● JOANNE Louise Smith, 29, of Beech Lane, Macclesfield, appeared in court charged with shoplifting and perverting the course of justice. She was remanded to appear at Chester Crown Court on February 10. ●● BENEDICTO Honrado Perez, 39, of Catherine Street, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating. He was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £60, and given a restraining ordered preventing him from contacting his junction with Macclesfield Rugby Club and other local organisers and each tug of war team will consist of eight pullers aiming to pull a rope four metres from its starting position.
The winning teams will go on to represent England at the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships in the Malmo, Sweden in September.
The sport was formerly a part of the Olympic programme until 1920 but was phased out along with other sports.
Alan said: “We hope some day that tug of war will once again be part of the Olympic programme.
“It is a true team sport and the ethics of determination, hard work, sportsmanship, and friendship are unrivalled in any other sport.”
The championships is on Saturday, June 18 starting at 10am and running throughout the day.
●● Pulling together – Bosley Tug of War team