It was a beautifully sunny day, yet very windy, when 42 ploughmen - two of them women - from Scotland, Northern England and Yorkshire met at North Acomb farm, Stocksfield, Northumberland, on Sunday for the Northern Counties Championships.
The winners were: Semi digger class, David Chappell, Doncaster. Reversible class, Peter Alderslade, East Boldon. Vintage trailed, Trevor Johnstone, Bothel. Vintage hydraulic, Ian Mitchell, Annan. Classic, Stuart Forsyth, Berwick.
Flying the flag for the women, and representing the Young Farmers, was Debbie Barron from nearby Bingfield, who will now turn out for the North of England at the English Championship in 2014.
The ploughman who scored the most points towards winning The Journal Salver, contributed by this newspaper, was Donald Walker from Crook, Donald had to rush away before the results were announced because he had a herd of dairy cows waiting to be milked.