2021 National Indoor Tug of War Championships Results
The 2021 Tug of War Association National Outdoor Indoor Tug of War Championships took place at Bakewell Showground on Saturday, with Kilroe, Raunds, Bosley and Uppertown taking part. There were titles up for grabs in 6 mens weight categories, and the mixed 580kg weight class, with each team competing with 4 men and 4 ladies.
The event opening with the catchweight competition with Uppertown and Bosley contesting the final. Uppertown went into the event as defending champions in this weight class from 2019, and they retained their title with a strong 2 ends to 0 win.
The 640kg competition then followed with all teams entered. There was some close pulling in this weight class, with Uppertown pulling Kilroe in the first round, and Bosley pulling Raunds. There were some long ends in the first round, with Uppertown and Raunds both winning their opening rounds by 2 ends to 0. Uppertown topped the group round undefeated with Raunds finishing in second place meaning that these two teams progressed to the final. The bronze medal match saw Kilroe competing against Bosley, with Kilroe winning by 2 ends to 0. The final between Raunds and Uppertown was a close match, with Raunds looking to defend their 2019 title. After 2 close ends, Uppertown won the gold by 2 ends to 0 to win their second gold medal of the competition.
The 560kg competition followed with Bosley and Uppertown contesting the final. There has been some good competition between these two teams in the lighter weight categories over the course of the season, and in this match, Bosley came away with a good 2 ends to 0 win to retain the 560kg title from 2019.
The 720kg competition saw Uppertown enter this weight as defending champions along with Bosley and Raunds. Uppertown and Raunds progressed to the final, with Uppertown adding their third gold medal of the day with a 2 ends to 0 win.
The 600kg competition saw Bosley enter as defending champions along with Uppertown and Kilroe. Bosley started off by defeating Uppertown by 2 ends to 0, and then had a tough match against Kilroe, where they again won by 2 ends to 0. The final match of the group between Uppertown and Kilroe was a close match with Uppertown winning the first end and Kilroe winning the second end. When the TWIF criteria was applied, Uppertown progressed to the final to meet Bosley. After another good lightweight final between these two teams, Bosley won their second gold medal of the day by 2 ends to 0.
The 680kg competition then followed with all clubs entered. There was again some close competition in the group stage. Uppertown topped the group, followed by Raunds, Bosley and then Kilroe. The bronze medal match saw Kilroe pick up another bronze medal by defeating Bosley by 2 ends to 0. The final however was a great battle between Raunds and Uppertown. Uppertown took the first end, and after a very close second end, Uppertown were disqualified having received three cautions. The third end was another exciting pull to watch with Raunds taking the end and the gold medal.
Photo: Kilroe Mixed Team
The mixed 580kg weight category was the final weight class of the day, with Kilroe and Bosley contesting the final. It is the first time for a few years that we have had a mixed competition on the indoor, and it was good to see female pullers given the opportunity to compete on the indoor circuit this year. We enjoyed a good final between Kilroe and Bosley, which was won by Bosley by 2 ends to 0, which brought them their third gold medal of the day and a first national medal in the mixed weight class.
Photo: Bosley Mixed Team
Well done to all of the teams and officials who took part on the day, and thank you to everyone who has supported the indoor circuit and tug of war as a whole throughout 2021. It was fantastic to have competitions up and running again after a difficult period, and we thank everyone who made this season possible. This was the final tug of war event of 2021, and hopefully we will be back bigger and better in 2022.
Whilst we don’t have as many teams competing on the indoor tug of war circuit like we do on the outdoor tug of war circuit, we had some great competition, and we would love to see more teams having a go at indoor tug of war in the future, so if you want to give indoor tug of war a go, please get in touch.
2021 National Indoor Tug of War Championships - Results Summary
Men 560 kilos - Gold – Bosley (Cheshire) - Silver – Uppertown (Derbyshire)
Men 600 kilos - Gold – Bosley (Cheshire) - Silver – Uppertown (Derbyshire) - Bronze – Kilroe (Yorkshire)
Men 640 kilos - Gold – Uppertown (Derbyshire) - Silver – Raunds (Northamptonshire) - Bronze – Kilroe (Yorkshire)
Men 680 kilos - Gold – Raunds (Northamptonshire) - Silver – Uppertown (Derbyshire) - Bronze – Felton Eccles (Somerset)
Men 720 kilos - Gold - Uppertown (Derbyshire) - Silver – Raunds (Northamptonshire) - Bronze – Bosley (Cheshire)
Men Catchweight (no weight limit) - Gold – Uppertown (Derbyshire) - Silver – Bosley (Cheshire)
Mixed 580 Kilos - Gold – Bosley (Cheshire) Silver – Kilroe (Yorkshire)
Championship Officials: Mike Callaghan, Pete Dyer, Mick Grimston, Dave Kitchener, Gavin Corden, Wendy Dyer, Caroline Abri.
Photos and videos courtesy of Jamie Dewsberry