Top tug of war at Pri­ory Park

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TUG OF WAR

THE Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships took place at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club in Cheshire on Satur­day. Tug of war teams from all over Eng­land took part in the event.

The event was staged on be­half of the Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion in con­junc­tion with Mac­cles­field Rugby Club, with a to­tal of 18 clubs tak­ing part across the dif­fer­ent weight classes for mens teams, ladies teams and youth teams through­out the day.

The medals win­ners were well spread out across the day, with 14 dif­fer­ent clubs pick­ing up a gold, sil­ver or bronze medal across the 10 dif­fer­ent weight classes for mens, ladies and ju­nior weight classes that were on of­fer.

Nor­ton tug of war team were the dom­i­nant force on the day, com­ing away with a record six gold medals, with the Kil­roe Ladies team from Manch­ester and Bed­ford Ladies from Bed­ford­shire win­ning one gold medal each in the ladies weight classes. The Gloucester ACF ju­nior team took the ju­nior crown for 2016. Hol­land from Stafford­shire won the re­main­ing gold medal on of­fer in the mens heavy­weight di­vi­sion.

As far as the home team were con­cerned, Bosley Tug of War Club put in a strong per­for­mance in the mens light­weight classes to win bronze in the mens 580kg com­pe­ti­tion, and then missed out on get­ting a sec­ond bronze medal in the mens 600kg com­pe­ti­tion where the team fin­ished fourth.

“We had a great day” com­mented TOWA spokesman Alan Knott.

“Thank­fully the rain held off for day and which meant that we were able to wit­ness some fiercely com­pet­i­tive com­pe­ti­tion in all of the weight classes on the day.

“The win­ning teams will now go on to rep­re­sent Eng­land at the World Cham­pi­onships, which take place in Malmo in Swe­den in Septem­ber.

“We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to say a mas­sive thank you to Mac­cles­field Rugby Club, and the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field for mak­ing us feel very wel­come. The set up was first class and we en­joyed the day very much. We look for­ward to re­turn­ing to Mac­cles­field in the fu­ture.

“We would also like to thank the Cheshire East Mayor Olivia Hunter, and lo­cal MP David Rut­ley for com­ing along and sup­port­ing the event.

“We hope that by com­ing to Mac­cles­field that we have given the public the op­por­tu­nity to see a new and ex­cit­ing sport, and hope­fully we have in­spired a few more peo­ple to pick up the rope and give tug of war a go.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about tug of war and the Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion, and to find out how you can take up the sport, visit www.tu­gofwar.co.uk. Na­tional Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships - Re­sults Sum­mary: Men 580 ki­los - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Sand­hurst (Berk­shire) - Bronze - Bosley (Cheshire) - 4th - Fel­ton Ec­cles (Som­er­set) Men 600 ki­los - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Fel­ton Ec­cles (Som­er­set) - Bronze -Two Dales (Der­byshire) - 4th - Bosley (Cheshire) Men 640 ki­los - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Lin­coln (Lin­colnshire) - Bronze - Two Dales (Der­byshire) - 4th - Fel­ton Ec­cles (Som­er­set) Men 680 ki­los - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Two Dales (Der­byshire) - Bronze - Lin­coln (Lin­colnshire) - 4th - Fel­ton Ec­cles (Som­er­set) Men 700 ki­los - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Oxney Vines Cross (Sus­sex) - Bronze - Lin­coln (Lin­colnshire) - 4th - (Hol­land (Stafford­shire) Men Catch­weight - Gold - Hol­land (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Oxney Vines Cross (Som­er­set) - Bronze - Hal­don (Devon) Ladies 540 ki­los - Gold - Kil­roe Ladies (Manch­ester) - Sil­ver - Bed­ford Ladies (Bed­ford­shire) - Bronze - Hal­don Ladies (Devon) - 4th - Hol­land Ladies (Stafford­shire) Ladies 500 ki­los - Gold - Bed­ford Ladies (Bed­ford­shire) - Sil­ver - Army Ladies - Bronze - Hal­don Ladies (Glouces­ter­shire) - 4th - Kil­roe Ladies (Manch­ester) Mixed 600 ki­los (4 men and 4 ladies) - Gold - Nor­ton (Stafford­shire) - Sil­ver - Lin­coln (Lin­colnshire) - Bronze - Bed­ford (Bed­ford­shire) - 4th - Two Dales (Der­byshire) Ju­nior Mixed 560 Ki­los - Gold - Gloucester ACF - Sil­ver - Le­ices­ter and Northants ACF

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Ac­tion from the Na­tional Out­door Tug of War cham­pi­onships at Pri­ory Park

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● LNR in ac­tion at the Na­tional Out­door Tug of War cham­pi­onships at Pri­ory Park

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