Dundonians are being invited to test their strength as the British and Irish Tug of War Championships arrive in the city for the first time.
The event is being held at Piperdam resort on the weekend of February 2 and 3 and will showcase the best in tug of war from across the UK and Ireland.
Veteran tug of war athlete Deryn Patterson, 27, from Aberdeenshire, will be making her third appearance at the national championships after taking up the sport 16 years ago.
She said: “I first got involved through work when someone told me about it during my apprenticeship at the Young Farmers’ Association.
“My initial reaction was ‘don’t be silly, you don’t do tug of war’ but then I went along to try it out and caught the bug.
“I don’t come from a farming background so I didn’t know what to expect.
“It was tough but with a little bit of fitness training, anyone can do this.”
She added: “I did some sports at school but wasn’t the best. I was one of the kids who was always the last to cross the finish line.
“I thought I would struggle to do a team sport because I was scared about letting everyone down but everyone encourages you to keep you going.”
Deryn said she started training in October to get “rope fit” for the championships, taking part in sessions three times a week.
She said: “From mid-December we started to knuckle down which meant I didn’t over indulge at Christmas.”
Speaking about competing in Dundee for the first time, she said: “It’s nice to not get on a plane – it’s definitely an easier commute for the Scottish athletes.
“They usually take place in Ireland and Wales.”
Although Deryn has still to compete abroad, she mentioned how the sport has given her team-mates the opportunity to travel.
She said: “My team-mate Julie Bannerman competed in the World Indoor Tug of War Championships in China last year and South Africa too so it’s a good way to travel.”
More females are wanted to take part in the sport which is often stereotyped as masculine.
Deryn said: “It’s not just a man’s sport.
“When I tell people I compete in tug of war, they expect a rugby player to be doing it.
“People become very surprised at how strong women actually are. It’s about educating people.”
Colin Montgomerie, chairman of the Scottish Tug of War Association, said: “The type of tug of war which will be featured during the championships is indoor.
“It includes a specially approved rubber mat and started in the ’80s as a way to help people become fit.
“Scotland got involved in the ’90s and from then until now we have really become world leaders.
“People have really committed themselves to it with most coming from a farming background.”
He added: “It may have a rural link but the sport is very much branching out and is recommended for anyone to take up.
“There’s a definite addiction to it when you start.”