16 October 1998

Record crowds at ploughing

WET and muddy starts to both days failed to keep visitors away from the 48th British national Ploughing Championships, held at Preston Capes, Daventry, Northants last weekend.

A record crowd of over 18,000 saw 292 local champions fight for the two national titles at stake – conventional and reversible.

Adrian Brewer, from Wadebridge in Cornwall is the 1998 British National Conventional Ploughing champion. Using a Kverneland plough, he finished with 382 points, 48 points clear of Devons Bill Tonkin. Mr Brewer last won the title in 1995 and was runner up in 1997.

In the reversible competition, the reigning champion, Graeme Witty saw his national title go to fellow Yorkshireman, John Hill who used a Lemken to tally 487 points.

Adrian Brewer and John Hill will now represent England at the 1999 World Ploughing contest in France next September. Graeme Witty and third place man Peter Waters will plough for England in the 1999 European Ploughing Championships in Switzerland – an event exclusively for reversible ploughs. &#42