Great Eccleston Tractor Pull pulled off

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Competitors from across the UK put their skills to the test at the Great Eccleston Tractor Pull.

The largest pull in the country saw teams compete with more than 9,000 horsepower vehicles on a purpose-built track at Great Eccleston Showground on Saturday and Sunday.

Hosted by the North West Tractor Pullers Club, the annual event has been running for more than 40 years.

The aim is to test the vehicles to the limit, pulling a sledge-like weight transfer block that gradually becomes heavier around a 100m track.

Among those taking part in the final of the British Tractor Pulling Championships were the Whittingham family, part of Whittingham’s Farm Supplies, based in Garstang.

They are the only team in the world who run two twin Rolls Royce Griffon powered modified tractor pullers, driven by father and son Kevan and Josh Whittingham.

Organiser Sarah Sudell, 28, from Woodplumpton, was the only female tractor driver.

She said: “It was a brilliant weekend. We had one of the top crowds we’ve had on the Saturday night. There was some really good pulling and everyone really enjoyed seeing the European tractors.

“I came fourth. It was my first year. It was quite nerve wracking, especially with all the lads because I’m the only girl! But they’re all supportive.

“Stewart Hunter from York won the super farm class, underfurrow pro stock was won by True Blue from Aberdeen and the pro stock class was won by Ted Nicholson from Somerset with Rough Justice.

“Josh Whittingham won the modified category, beating his dad!”