Bank Holiday Monday was a fantastic day for the 5th Dorset Plane Pull. With blue skies and wall to wall sunshine the crowds just kept coming and it was the most successful Plane Pull to date.
Since its inception in 2009 the Dorset Plane Pull has raised over £30,000 for local charities. The JTYAF along with the Motor Neuron Disease Association have been on board since the first event which has now grown into one of the county's most unique and popular charity fundraising challenges. This year there were eight charities and 26 teams of 20 people attempting to pull a 35,000 Kg Boeing 737 a distance of 50 meters, in the fastest time possible. There was therefore a great deal of competition for the top slot.
The JTYAF had nine teams entered this year. We were delighted to see Crossfit Gym achieve 2nd place and Bournemouth Bobcats came in third place. Congratulations must go to all the teams that took part as everyone entered into the spirit of the event and helped to make the day a great success. Thank you to all involved for their fundraising efforts but particularly to Bournemouth Bobcats who, with the help of a large donation from Marco Windows, were our top fundraisers achieving £875 which made a big contribution to the £4000 raised on the day.
The final results in seconds:-
Al Of A Pull 25.72 Crossfit 26.69 JTYAF Bournemouth Bobcats 28.37 JTYAF Castle Cover 28.97 Team Rocket 29.41 Thompson Valves 29.69 BH Live Warriors 29.78 The A Team 30.16 RIAS 30.28 DAP Childrens Services 30.50 Sunseeker 30.60 JTYAF Purbeck & Wareham Young Farmers 30.81 Dorset Fitness & Training 31.10 JTYAF Stig’s Boys 31.78 JTYAF One Tug Wonders 32.78 JTYAF Team Eiden 33.63 ASDA Pullers 34.00 HSBC 34.44 Team Amelia 35.28 The Strollers 36.09 JTYAF DAP Mile High 38.22 Dignity Heroes 39.72 Air Cadets 42.53 JTYAF Air Cadets 42.56 JTYAF Sainsburys Southbourne 43.38 MNDA Pulling Team 43.78
We must also thank the Cadets from 130 (Bournemouth) Squadron Air Training Corps who work tirelessly each year from morning till night getting the site ready for the event, the many other volunteers and helpers and a personal thank you to JTYAF volunteers, Lorna and Ray Perry who help to make our registration process so efficient. The biggest thanks must however go to Richard Griffin and Peter, Kyrie and Carl Feltham who manage to organise this great event in the midst of busy full-time careers and a host of other commitments. A fanatic achievement guys and we look forward to another great event next year.