West Country farm mechanisation students dug deep when they completed a 24-hour ploughing marathon in challenging weather conditions.

The 14 first-year students from Wiltshire College worked in shifts throughout the day and night to plough 184 acres and raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK. Agricultural engineering trainer Fred Gwinnett, who helped to organise the event, praised their teamwork.

“This is the first real challenge that the students have undertaken and I was very pleased with how they performed,” he said.

“The conditions slightly hampered them – they weren’t able to work some of the fields as the ploughs just wouldn’t have gone through them.”

This year’s challenge — the 16th — is expected to raise £500.

Featured image caption: Lewis Humphrey, 17, takes his turn in the ploughing relay

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