College's Pole Climbing Team March On

Following their success at the recent Royal Highland Show, East Durham College’s pole climbing team entered the British Pole Climbing Championships at the Great Yorkshire Show with ‘high’ hopes – and they were not disappointed.

The Houghall students surpassed expectations, finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Novice Category and one student coming an impressive 2nd in the Expert Section, with a time of 11.87 seconds.

The students competed to see who could climb up an eighty foot Douglas fir pole in the quickest time, using only a climbing strop and climbing irons. From East Durham College’s Houghall Campus; Richard Batson, Aaron Peacock and Shaun Milne on a National Certificate in Arboriculture and Josh Marshall, Alasdair Woodhead, Craig Tummelty and David Teasdale on the National Diploma in Arboriculture all competed.

The Great Yorkshire Show is the North's leading agricultural event and took place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July 2009 on the 250-acre Great Yorkshire Showground on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate. 2009 was the 151st Great Yorkshire Show and was a real celebration of agriculture and country life.

Programme Leader at Houghall, Peter Whitfield, said: “The students once again proved what a great team they are and the high level of skill and discipline they have acquired since they started competing. I hope they all do as well down at the Royal Welsh Show.”

The team’s success has not gone unnoticed, the BBC’s Countryfile programme have been in touch about filming them at the Royal Welsh Show – so watch this space! The RWS runs from 20th to 23rd July at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.