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31 March 2017

Success as students plough 150 acres in 24 hour marathon for charity

The 20 Level 3 students worked around the clock to plough around 150 acres of land during the annual event, which was, this year, raising money for two charities.

Matthew Sparshott, deputy head for Agricultural Engineering and Countryside Management, said: “The nature of the task requires the students to be vigilant with health and safety and I am extremely proud of the effort that the students put in and dedication to complete the task.

“In 24 hours they were able to plough 60 hectares which is a wonderful achievement, where they demonstrated very good team work.”

Agricultural lecturer Mike O’ Sullivan has been involved in the ploughing marathon for several years.

He said: “I would like to congratulate all the Level 3 students who took part.

“They did a great job and they should be very proud of themselves.”

Students began their challenge at 8.30am on Wednesday 29th March and ploughed fields in Sandy Lane and Bowden Hill before finishing back on college land.

Ethan Kosma, is a first year Farm Mechanisation student and was responsible for setting up the team’s fundraising page.

He said: “It has been a very enjoyable event, where we all worked together as a team.

“It felt like a long 24 hours but we were able to plough the land ahead of schedule and with very minimal breaks throughout the day.”

This year, as well as using tractors owned by the college, students were thrilled to have the opportunity to use tractors loaned from TH White, Amazone Ltd, Claas Western and Lister Wilder.

Ethan, 16, added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated some amazing equipment to us and to those who have donated.

“We would also like to give a special thanks to our tutors for all their support.”

The students, who are all in the first year of their course, set themselves a target of £250 and have so far raised £220 with donations accepted until the end of April.

If you would like to donate, visit their fundraising page:  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lackhamploughing2017