East of England Championships Results 10 April 2022
On Sunday 10 April, the 2022 East of England Tug of War Championships took place at Kempston Hammer Sports Club in Kempston, Bedford, the venue for the 2022 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships, which take place on Saturday 18 June. The teams in attendance were as follows:
Photo: Sandhurst Men
Men – Felton (A and B), Essex, Lincoln (A and B), Bosley, Sandhurst, Oxney Vines Cross, Bedfordshire, with Bedford Ladies also taking part in the mens 600kg competition as allowed by our rules.
Ladies – Bedford, Melton Mowbray, Sandhurst, Bedfordshire, Essex
Both the weather and ground conditions were dry meaning that there weren’t many “big holes” for teams to get in behind, and as such, there weren’t too many long ends throughout the day.
Photo: Bedfordshire Men
The weight classes that took place were the mens 600kg, 640kg, 680kg, and catchweight, with the 600kg and 640kg competitions being split into two groups, and the 680kg and catchweight competitions being pulled as straight group points competitions. All of the ladies competitions at 520kg, 540kg and 580kg were pulled as straight points competitions which saw Essex TOWC fielding a ladies team for the first time which was great to see.
Photo: Essex Men
Lincoln, fielding A and B teams in all weight classes, were the dominant team on the day in the mens weight classes where they ran out as winners in all 4 events. Felton Eccles had a good day just behind them finishing as runners up in the 640kg, 680kg and catchweight competitions with Oxney Vines Cross finishing in the remaining runners up spot in the mens 600kg competition, with the ground very much suiting Lincoln’s style of pulling and the number of tall men that they have in their team at the moment.
Photo: Oxney Vines Cross
Bedford Ladies continued their fine form in the ladies weight classes by winning all three of the weight classes on other. There were some good battles amongst the other ladies teams throughout the day, with some good 1-1 ends between the teams, but it was Melton Ladies who finished as the runners up in all three of the weights that were held on the day to round off a solid day for them.
Well done to all of the teams who took part this week.
Photo: Felton Eccles
The officials on the day were Mick Grimston, Mike Callaghan, Matt Cowlard, Vic Ludkin, John Gracie, Caroline Kenny and Mark Williams. Last but not least, the event was also officiated by Sarah Gallagher of Wales.
Photo: Sandhurst Ladies
The next tug of war fixture is being hosted by Lincoln TOWC on Sunday 17 April.
This competition is an open competition and all teams are welcome and encouraged to take part. Please visit our fixtures page for further details about this event and other events taking place throughout 2022.
Photo: Bedfordshire Ladies
Results Summary - Mens Weights
Men Catchweight - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles
Men 680kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles
Men 640kg- Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Felton Eccles
Men 600kg - Winners - Lincoln - Runners Up - Oxney Vines Cross
Photo: Essex Ladies
Results Summary - Ladies Weights
Ladies 580kg - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Melton Mowbray Ladies
Ladies 540kg - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Melton Mowbray Ladies
Ladies 520kg - Winners - Bedford Ladies - Runners Up - Melton Mowbray Ladies
Photo: Melton Mowbray Ladies
Photo: Lincoln - winners of all 4 mens weight classes on the day