Unexpected and very challenging weather conditions tested Britain’s ploughmen and women in the 68thBritish National Ploughing Championships at Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire last weekend.
Peter Alderslade from East Bolden, Tyne & Wear won the British National Reversible Champion title for the seventh time using a Valtra/Kverneland combination. It was an extremely close contest as Peter beat last year’s Champion, Mick Chappell, from Yorkshire who was using a Kubota tractor and Kverneland plough by just one point and four points ahead of another previous champion, Ian Brewer from Cornwall who took third place with his Case IH and Kverneland.
The British National Conventional Championship was won by David Chappell from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, winning the title for the fifth time. David ploughed with a Massey Ferguson tractor and a Kverneland plough which has been painted pink as he has been raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Now through #PloughForLife. Runner-up was ex-world champion, Simon Witty from Filey, North Yorkshire and third place was taken by Evan Watkin from Newton, Powys.