Clydesdale Lyons roar at Tug of War Championships

Lyon Rampant...the Tug of War champions
Lyon Rampant...the Tug of War champions
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THE Lyons were roaring for Scotland when winning three titles between them at the World Tug Of War Championships in Castlebar, Ireland!

Thankerton tugger John Lyon and his Quothquan namesakes Duncan, Alexander and Robert Lyon showed their teeth when winning gold medals at the top tournament earlier this spring.

“We were really under the cosh but showed great mettle to win in the 680kg class,” said John (47), who has now won an astonishing total of eight world tug of war titles .

“We lost the first end in both the semi-final and final but came back strongly each time.”

After beating England in the semi-final, the Scots – also represented by Tom Nelson, Colin Montgomery, Graham Hendry and Rhys Anderson – started the final as underdogs against the host country Ireland, whose total pack weight of 678kg was 17kg heavier overall.

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