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Elite British Strongman Finals (Arnolds AM Qualifier)

Welshman Simon Johnston in last years finals

Next weekend brings the finale to the British opens strongman season with the Elite Strongman British Finals in Billingham, County Durham.  This is the final stepping stone in a number of qualifiers for athletes to represent their country in Ohio, USA at the Arnold’s sports festival in the World Amateur Strongman competition.

This year sees 8 English, 4 Welsh and 2 Scottish Athletes competing for the 5 spots in The Arnolds and with last years winner Stephen Cherrie out through injury, who will take the crown?  Tom Shaw of Heddon on The Wall, Northumberland is one of the favourites and is very hungry to take the title. After chatting with him recently he said “I really want the title this year, it’s my time”, and with his 4th place finish at last months UK’s Strongest Man Finals he’s in with a great shot. But there are many talented athletes in the line up including Jason Pittuck who is the son of 2x Britain’s Strongest Man Bill Pittuck, who only began competing in the sport this year but has risen quickly through the ranks.  Also there’s Morcambes Paddy McMahon who has been posting some seriously impressive lifts this year and Wales’ Nathan Llewellyn will also be a contender having impressed with a gutsy performance at Uk’s Strongest Man. Also as last years runner up I believe I’m capable of taking the title this year and will be doing everything I can to make sure I’m going back to the states in February to improve on last years mid-table placing.

The event will be held at the Bilingham Carnival and Garden show and around 20,000 people are expected to visit the event, which takes place on and around Billingham Green.

Athletes
Allen McGee of Spennymoor
Tom Shaw of Heddon on the Wall
Paddy Mcmahon of Morcambe
Jason Pittuck of Northampton
Wayne Tunstall of Crewe
Brett White of Nottingham
Dane Taylor of Nottingham
Sean O’hagan of Coventry
Simon Johnston of Rhyl, Wales
Euros Garmon of Conwy, Wales
Mark Jeanes of Bridgend, Wales
Nathan Llywellyn of Merthyr Tydfil  Wales
John Pollocks of Scotland
Bren Powers of Scotland

World’s Strongest Man 2014

As you may or may not be aware the rumours are circulating round that the World’s Strongest Man 2014 will be hosted a lot earlier in the year with dates in April being mentioned as opposed to its usual date in August.
Some of the reasons for this that are being touted around are so that it can be aired on TV earlier in the year.
How this will affect the other competitions, the dates and their competitors will remain to be seen.
Keep checking Britishstrongman.co.uk and our forums (britishstrongman.co.uk/forum) for more updates as an when we get them.

Eddie Hall wins The UK’s Strongest Man

Last weekend “The spartan” from Stoke on Trent made it a hat-trick of victories at The Uks’ Strongest Man in Belfast.

This year was going to be his toughest challenge yet. After spending 3 weeks in China, competing in Worlds’ Strongest Man in poor conditions and 30+ degrees heat the champ had to then endure 6 flights and many hours in cramped airplane conditions to arrive in Belfast with just 2 hours to spare before beginning his title defense.

Ed was in good spirits and in his usual confident manner posted up on another lifting site;

“Yeah just catching the last plane from Glasgow now to head for Belfast and smash UK’s strongest man up!!!
All them lads out there unzip ur trousers and bend over cause ur all f**ked I’m almost there Wink “

Day one saw the champ take 2nd place in his group behind fellow countryman Tom Shaw though it was evident Ed was holding back and had plenty in the tank if he needed it.  Although Ed did break a UK record in the Behind the Neck axle press with an easy 190kg lift though it was to be short lived as Group B’s Ben Kelsey Broke it with a 200kg lift shortly afterwards.

Day 2 got off to a great start, seeing Ed beat the rest of his group by a good margin on the arm over arm truck pull.  The next event was the Hussafell stone carry 181kg. An exact replica of the original.  With some good distances being posted Ed began his tactical game and dropped the stone to earn himself 2nd place forgetting that Welshman Nathan Llywellen was getting to retake his go because of a mix up in the rules, Nathan took it a bit further than Ed leaving the Champ to take 3rd spot.  Ed then took 2nd in the Hercules hold behind Ireland’s Johnny Kelly meaning he only needed one point in the last event of the day to secure a spot in the final. He did this by lifting the first weight onto the first step in the power stairs event which meant he won the group.

Ed was in a relaxed buoyant mood on the day of the final which is rare for him as come final day he’s usually focused and in a highly aggressive mood which was soon to change after placing 6th in the duck walk steeple chase. Ed’s mindset was changing and then the unthinkable happened, The champ failed to win the log press after Irish man Kelly smashed out 4 reps beating Ed’s 3, which had Ed riled. Next event he went to work smashing the field in the car flip with a fast time of 19.38 seconds. The next event was the Max Raw Deadlift. Ed won with relative ease pulling 360kg after Tom Shaw completed a 355kg lift and  then retired from the event.

This meant Ed had pulled the points back and the final event was to be a head to head battle with the Worlds under 105kg Champion Ben Kelsey to decide the overall winner.

The Final event was the CNP 4xl 400lb Atlas Stone for reps.  This event was going be brutal after 3 days of competing and 5 events on the final day all heavy on the posterior chain it was gonna test the resolve of even the strongest.  Irish man Nicky Whelan screamed his way through 4 impressive reps and many believed he had the win before The Champ and Ben Kelsey went head to head, it was an intense final event, Ed would get a rep then Ben would equal it this went on for 4 reps and then Ed dug out one final rep which Ben could not equal leaving Ed with his 3rd UK’s Strongest Man title equaling ‘The Daddy’ Glenn Ross.

you can see all the action on Challenge TV at Christmas time, keep checking this site for details and TV schedules

Uks Strongestman 2013 - Ultimate Strongman

Uks Strongestman 2013 – Ultimate Strongman

www.ultimatestrongestman.com

 

Bad News For Britains’ Strongest man

Laurence wining the squat event at 2009 world strongest man

Today Britains’ Strongest man Laurence Shahlaei was forced to pull out of Worlds’ strongest man.  Loz as he’s commonly known in the ‘strongman world’, reportedly tore his quad during the squat event which put an end to his chance of bringing the title back to England.

Laurence is one of the best squatters in the world and has won the squat event 3 times at worlds’ strongest man. It’s reported that he also won this time but tore his quad muscle on the 10th rep.  Hopes were high this year for Loz as he was in fine form and the events selected for this years competition were some of his best.

It was thought that Laurence was going to continue on with the injury and he did compete in the viking press event, but according to some of the spectators at the event Laurence had informed them that he was pulling back and looking to get back to the UK as soon as possible to get treatment on his injury

 

UK Strongest man 2013

Uks Strongestman 2013 - Ultimate Strongman

UK Strongest man 2013

In Just 7 Days Belfast plays host to this years UK Strongest man, running over 5 days of which all five are being Challenge TV (to be aired later this year). This year also marks the competitions 10th anniversary also included in the 5 days

  • Master World Strongest Man Championship 2013
  • Junior UK Strongest Man 2013

It’s set to be a full fun packed day for all the family with fair ground rides and bouncy castles.

Tickets are available on-line here http://www.ultimatestrongestman.com/competitions/index.asp for £5 and also can be purchased at entrance £7 each per day, kids under 12 FREE.

This years competitors are for UK Strongest man 2013 are:

GROUP A

  • Ed Hall – England
  • Jonathan kelly – Ireland
  • Nathan Llewlyn – Wales
  • Mark Hunter – Scotland
  • Tom Shaw – England
  • Lewis Mitchell –  Scotland
  • Adam Bishop – England
  • Pat O’Dwyer – Ireland

Group B

  • Simon Johnston – Wales
  • Luke Stoltam – Scotland
  • Ben Kelsey – England
  • Nicky Whelan – Ireland
  • Kelvin Gardner – Wales
  • Mick Brown – England
  • Daniel Gannon – Ireland
  • Wayne Smith – England

Reserve – Davy Cummings – Scotland

 

For more information head over to the Ultimate Strongman website http://www.ultimatestrongestman.com

 

The Full Line Up For Giants Live British Championship Announced

Giants Live - British Open Championships - 3rd August 2013

Giants Live – British Open Championships – 3rd August 2013

Giants Live British Open Championships 3rd August 2013 at Gateshead Stadium. Tickets on sale at www.europestrongestman.com
1. Terry Hollands  ENG
2. Laurence Shahlaei  ENG
3. Mark Felix   ENG
4. Eddie Hall   ENG
5. Graham Hicks   ENG
6. Simon Johnston   WAL
7. Robert Oberst    USA
8. Jerry Pritchett    USA
9. James Fennelly   EIR
10. Jack McIntosh     ENG
11. Øyvind Rein        NOR
12. Luke Stoltman     SCO

Tonight’s Q&A – Jack Macintosh

Tonight we at British strongman welcome 2 times world strongest man athlete Jack Macintosh to our forum for a Question and answers session. From 8pm Jack will be on the site to answer questions from his fans and fellow competitors. 

This is one not to be missed! Jack has taken the strongman scene by storm being one of the younger competitors on the international stage at 24 years old jack is growing in stature each year and has recently qualified for Europes strongest man after an impressive display at the British Qualifier coming 2nd behind his training partner Mark Felix in a very strong line up.

 

June’s Q&A Announcement

jackmaxiraw

We at British strongman are delighted to announce the next star in the hot seat for our monthly Question and answer session is 2 x world strongest man athlete Jack Macintosh.  Jack has kindly offered to take time out of his busy schedule on the 3rd June at 8pm to come and answer questions from his fans and fellow competitors.  This is one not to be missed! Jack has taken the strongman scene by storm being one of the younger competitors on the international stage at 24 years old jack is growing in stature each year and has recently qualified for Europes strongest man after an impressive display at the British Qualifier coming 2nd behind his training partner Mark Felix in a very strong line up.