Nelmac pulls it off again

02:59, Jan 30 2013
Tug of peace
PULLING TOGETHER: Bryan Hemi front, leads the Nelmac team to victory in the in the Nelson Region Hospice Tug of Peace in Trafalgar Street.

An epic pull against Talley's made it four years in a row for Nelmac, who again took out the annual Tug of Peace competition this afternoon.

The team, led by water services manager Duncan Renwick, trounced all-comers in the lunchtime contest at the top of Trafalgar St.

The annual competition, now in its 14th year, raises funds and awareness for the Nelson Region Hospice, which relies on community donations, as well as funding from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board to run its service.

Mr Renwick said the secret to the team's success was having a strong crew of 12 pullers to swap between for each of the five rounds. They had not done any practice prior to the event, he said.

''We don't train, we work.''

They came up against strong competition early on in the event, with Fulton Hogan going toe to toe with the team for 47 seconds.