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Britain's Strongest Man 2008 qualifier


Yesterday, Saturday 12th April 2008, I competed in the Britain's Strongest Man qualifier. There were 20 competitors and 5 events. The events were a 115kg log press from the chest for reps, (timed for 60 secs), a 260kg axle deadlift for reps (timed for 60 secs), 125kg farmers walk for 50 meters (fastest time), carry and drag (100kg tree trunk for 15 meters and 310kg chain for 15 meters) and stones (100kg to 160kg).




The top 8 in each event scored points, with first place getting 8 points, second place 7 points etc. After 3 events the top eight went through to the last 2 events and the top 2 qualified for the Britain's Strongest Man finals in June. I managed to press the log twice but lost my balance both times and couldn't get a clean lift. I came third in the deadlifts with 9 reps with Mark Westarby and Gary Gardiner beating me with 11 reps each ( I hate losing deadlifts to anyone!). I finished eighth in the farmers walk with a time of 50 seconds after my legs gave up and I stumbled over and had to re-lift (my legs are my weakness in this event).




After the first 3 events I was in 6th place with 7 points. However, the rules stated that anyone who failed the log press could not continue so at this point I was disqualified. Mark Westarby won and Gary Gardiner came second to both qualify.




I am competing again in 7 weeks time in the UKs Strongest Man qualifier in Allendale near Hexham Northumberland on Saturday 31st May 2008.


Phone Book Ripping

Ive just successfully riped the 2007 Business Directory in half! Who needs training ;) Martin is less than impressed at his own failure in this. See below for proof:

One ripped phone book

North East Strongest Man

Read the full report of events here
You can download videos of the events from this report!

On Sunday the 10th of September Martin was lucky enough to be invited to the North East Strongest Man competition. The competitors here are of a different level than Martin has previously been competing against as many of them have competed in UK Strongest man.

In a performance far surpassing the practical failure that was Northwich, Martin actually ended up ranking 5th out of 11 competitors, beaten by just 1.5 points from 4th place, and by just 2.5 points from 3rd. Even though Martin didn't podium rank, he was awarded the Warrior of the Day trophy, which is a great confidence boost to be acknowledged as a competitor amongst such strong competition.

The events were as follows:

  • Truck Pull
  • Log Press
  • Flip and Carry
  • Axe Hold
  • Cross Walk
To read the full report, click the link at the top. The report covers all of the events and also has links to Martin taking part in the events themselves, and there's even one of him recieving his award.

Northwich Festival Strongman Event

Martin took part in the Northwich Festival Strongman Event sponsored by Northwich Rugby club. There was a large turnout of strength athletes, 17 in all, and this is probably because of the £500 prize fund for the winner.

Martin ranked joint seventh overall in a fairly poor performance. He made too many mistakes on the super yoke and even failed the 100 kilo log, something with which he practices regularly at the gym. However, he did come first in two events - the car lift and the truck pull, breaking competition records in both. The competition was excellent and it was a really great day out. A full report is being drafted by the event organizers, so when its ready we will have a copy here with a brief commentary on it.

We also have videos of Martin in the events; these are also being uploaded, so watch this space. 

Martin is also taking part in the North East Strongest Man competition this Sunday, organized by Bob Daglish. The gym will be closed on Sunday due to this. 


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