YOUNG farmers in Gloucestershire dug in and spent two days pulling a tractor around the county’s roads for a good cause.

Members of the Gloucestershire Young Farmers (GYF) group spent their bank holiday weekend tugging a ton-and-a-half tractor by a rope for 50 miles.

The team battled through thunderstorms and strained to pull the tractor up hills during their route from Toddington, through Tewkesbury, into Gloucester, to Whitminster, and back to Horton.

Chairman of the GYFs, Sam Adam, 26, set the charity challenge this year, but admitted he had concerns half way through that it was overly ambitious.

“When we first set off we started quick,” he said. “After a while I started thinking we were being quite ambitious.

“But we got there in the end, it was a team effort, everyone dug in.

“There were lots of sore feet and blisters by the end.”

The event was raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, a cause that Sam was proud to support.

“A lot of our members are farmers and, god forbid they are in an accident, they could be working in isolated areas,” he said.

“So the air ambulance is something our members could rely on heavily.”

Looking back on his year as chairman of the GYFs, Sam said it had been an “eye-opening” experience.

“I joined ten years ago, so started at the bottom,” he said.

“I found how much young farmers can help teach people life skills.

“If people are thinking about joining, a lot of our clubs hold recruitment evenings, so get along and see what it’s about. You won’t regret it.”

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