Simon Witty’s domination of the reversible ploughing scene continued at the British Ploughing Championships held at Soham, Cambs last weekend.
With the celebrations from winning the world championships in Prague still ringing in his ears, he went on to become British Ploughing Champion with a total of 304 points – nearly 40 points ahead of second place man Norwich-based Stuart Bunting. Andrew Rutherford was third.
Joining Simon on the winner’s rostrum was John Hill who, having clearly put last year’s time-keeping error out of his mind, took first place in the conventional plough class.
Second place went to James Witty who had led the field at the end of the first day, and third was Sheffield’s Geoffrey Fretwell.
While most of the large number of visitors to the Soham site would have commented that the light, virtually stone-free loam was a ploughman’s dream, the competitor’s viewpoint was rather different.
“Conditions were difficult,” points out Simon Witty. “The ground was very variable – sometimes it was hard and at others very soft which meant constant adjustments had to be made.”
John Hill agrees. “The soil was not as bad as last year – when it just stuck to mouldboards – but not far off it,” he comments. “But at the end of the day it is the same for everyone and in this game, it is the one who makes the fewer mistakes that wins.”
Both John Hill and Simon Witty will now represent England at the World Ploughing Championships due to be held in Ireland next year.
The winner’s rostrum…… John Hill (left) and Simon Witty.