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 “
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.
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Uks Strongestman 2013 – Ultimate Strongman