What a summer of live sport it has been so far! And if you want more, BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire should definitely be your next stop, to see TIMBERSPORTS®, the original extreme sport, in action!
It’s not just any TIMBERSPORTS® event either – on Saturday 3 August, the best logger sports competitors in the country will take part in the 2019 British Championship, live at the STIHL Arena from 2pm onwards. This is the pinnacle of competitive wood chopping, where athletes use high-powered chainsaws, two-metre-long saws and axes so sharp you could shave with them to smash through logs in a matter of seconds.
The aim of the game in any TIMBERSPORTS® competition is speed – the quicker you chop through a log, the more points you’ll earn, and points really do mean prizes here! With six different events in the competition, the athletes earn points for each event depending on their times and, similar to a heptathlon or decathlon, the winner is the one who has accumulated the most points after all events.
The 2019 Championship promises to be a competition that’s not to be missed. Elgan Pugh is the defending champion and has won for the last four years in a row. Check out his winning form at the 2018 Championship.
Fiercely competitive, Pugh will not want to lose his crown this year, especially as winning gives him the chance to represent Great Britain at the TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship, which will be held in Prague on 2 November.
But Pugh may not have it all his own way this year, with the return of 2014 champion, Rob Chatley. After two years away from the sport, Chatley is returning with renewed focus, winning the Expert class at the Welsh Open Lumberjack Championship back in May.
Chatley was previously part of the British TIMBERSPORTS® Team, who also get to compete at the World Championship, and competition for a spot on the team will be as intense as usual. The team finished 13th overall at the 2018 World Championship and featured Pugh, Glen Penlington, Dave Thomas, Andrew Evans and Craig Golder in reserve, but with Chatley competing again, and other competitors upping their game, the line-up of the British team is hard to predict. With all the competitors fighting it out for the top spots, anything could happen!
But if you’re not visiting on Saturday 3 August, there is still plenty to keep you and the whole family entertained during the rest of the event, which runs from Thursday to Sunday. The STIHL Arena will feature TIMBERSPORTS® Roadshows and speed chainsaw carving on stage – all carvings will be auctioned off for charity during the show too, with proceeds going to Greenfingers, a charity that creates outdoor spaces for children’s hospices around the country.
STIHL experts will also be there demonstrating the power of battery with our cordless tools, and you can even have a go yourself at the brand new Test Station. And that’s not the only new feature – you can test out your TIMBERSPORTS® skills with our innovative STIHL Virtual Reality Experience! Simply wear the VR goggles and you’ll be transported to a forest, then pick up the chainsaw to see how fast you can cut the log! The fastest time over the event will even win their very own chainsaw, and Personal Protective Equipment, a prize that’s worth over £450.
But if you don’t win, you can always take advantage of the great offers at the show – you’ll get a second battery half price with selected cordless tools when you buy the recommended battery and charger, plus, in our exclusive show offer, you’ll get a free pair of PG 10 secateurs when you buy any STIHL machine at the show.
All in all, it’s definitely not to be missed! Get your tickets on the BBC Countryfile Live website, and come and witness all the thrills of a TIMBERSPORTS® Championship. Who do you think will win?