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Bakewell to Host AAA Tug of War Championships

posted Apr 25, 2014, 1:37 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Apr 25, 2014, 1:40 PM ]
On Sunday 25th May 2014, tug of war teams from all over England will travel to Bakewell to compete in the AAA Tug of War Championships, which will be staged at Bakewell Showground. The event is being organised by local tug of war club Two Dales on behalf of the Tug of War Association.

The AAA Tug of War Championships is the oldest formal tug of war championship in England having first taken place in the early 1900’s. Back then, the sport of tug of war was organised as part of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) athletics championships annually, with many championships taking place at the former White City Stadium. In the earlier years of the competition, the teams that took part were mainly athletics clubs, police and fire service teams and military teams, before expanding more widely to factory, town and village teams. Early winners include the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police, the latter of which represented Great Britain in the tug of war event at the 1920 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal. 

In recent times, the organisation of this event has been delegated to the Tug of War Association, and the event is hosted annually at different venues around the country. This year, the Two Dales Tug of War Club have stepped in to organise the event. 

The AAA Championships is one of the prestigious events in the tug of war calendar and the country’s top tug of war clubs will be there, including tug of war teams that have represented England. The AAA tug of war championships is organised in two weight classes, based on teams of 8 pullers. These weight classes are 640 kilos and catchweight (where there is no weight limit). Norton Tug of War Club from Staffordshire are the current defending champions of 2013 in both of these weight classes and are currently one of the top teams in the country, as well as one of the top teams in the world, so they will be the team to beat.

Following the completion of the championship weight classes, there will be open weight classes taking place for mens teams and ladies teams, and these competitions are open to all teams to compete in, including registered Tug of War Association teams and also other tug of war teams, such as Young Farmers Clubs.

“We are looking forward to a great day of exciting competition” explained TOWA spokesman Alan Knott. 
“The AAA Tug of War Championships always brings teams out in force, and the teams will be using this event as a stepping stone for our national championships on the 21st June, which take place in Lincoln”
“There will be local interest in the event too, with Two Dales Tug of War Club taking part in the event, and this is further good reason for local people to come along and cheer the teams on. Two Dales won a silver medal at the 2013 National Tug of War Championships, so they should be in with a shout of a medal at the AAA championships this year”