The picturesque surroundings of BBC Countryfile Live at the iconic Blenheim Palace played host to an action-packed STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Championship on Saturday 4th August, where Welshman Elgan Pugh was crowned the winner for the fourth year in succession after an exhilarating event.
Now in its sixth year, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Championship sees the top 13 athletes from all over Great Britain compete in a head-to-head race against time across six disciplines; Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck, Standing Block Chop, Springboard and Hot Saw.
This year's event saw all the athletes put on a great display of power, technique and precision, with Elgan Pugh finishing 16 points ahead of his closest rival Dave Thomas. Elgan dominated the competition, winning four out of the six disciplines and also set a new British Record in the Hot Saw discipline, with a time of 7.88 seconds.
Elgan Pugh, said: "It's amazing, I'm really pleased.
The competition was tough, but I concentrated on the events that I needed to get the most points in and that got me through.
"It's going to be exciting to compete at the World Championships in Liverpool but there's going to be a lot to do before then. The competition is going to be fierce and the standard is really high so it's about getting focused now and trying to improve."
Spike Milton, Global Sports Director of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, said: "Elgan delivered a decisive win, he did his homework and I take my hat off to him. Elgan will be up against a field of top athletes at the World Championships, but he won't let anyone down. He's a very determined young man and he'll want to win and fly that Union Jack flag for Great Britain."
This year's British Championship has been a fantastic warm up to the eagerly anticipated 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship which will be held at the Echo Arena Liverpool on Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th. 2018 will be first time that the World Championship will be hosted in the UK, with ‘Team GB' looking to make the most of the home advantage, whilst the 2017 individual winner Jason Wynyard (NZ) and team competition winners New Zealand will be hoping to retain their titles.