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Harper Adams retains #uniinmywellies title

Posted 2 June 2015

Some of the students with the welly trophy

Harper Adams University students remain the undefeated champions of the #uniinmywellies competition, being crowned the top welly wearers for a second year.

10 students were challenged to put leading brands of wellington boots through their paces for the whole academic year, sharing photographs of the experience on social media and writing a report on the pros and cons of their assigned footwear.

The competition, organised by retail firm Mole Valley Farmers, saw the students compete against a team from the Royal Agricultural University, with Harper Adams being crowned the overall winners.

Each winning team member has since received a £50 Mole Valley Farmers voucher and a certificate, as well as the prestige of bringing the mini welly boot trophy back to campus.

First year agriculture with animal science student, 19-year-old Amy Twist from Leighton Buzzard, said: “Being a first year, it proved a great opportunity to meet different students from a range of courses and years as well as test out a new pair of wellingtons.

“It’s been great to have something different to do during my freshers’ year, I even wore my wellies to a Chinese restaurant!”

Also in the team was animal behaviour and welfare student Jodie Hill from Altrincham. She wore her wellies during her placement year as well as at the beach and whilst doing her food shopping.

The 21-year-old said: “I’m really pleased that the team pulled together to win the competition, it was great seeing everyone’s photographs on social media.

“Not only did I get to keep a great pair of wellies, but the prize will be really useful too. For anyone thinking of applying for the next round of the competition, just go for it.”

Mole Valley Farmer’s Product Manager, Helene Bellerby, dubbed Queen Wellington for the duration of the #uniinmywellies projects, said: “Well done to both teams, who put the boots through their paces and shared their experiences on social media and via the reviews; we have really appreciated all the feedback.

“We wish both teams of students the best of luck in their future endeavors at university and subsequent careers and have offered our ongoing support if they feel that there is anything Mole Valley Farmers can help with in the future.”

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