Weight-lifters to descend on 1066 Country

COMPETITIVE weight-lifters will be descending on Hastings this month to compete in the Battle for Hastings and Sussex Strongest Man 2013 contest.

Dozens of strongmen are taking part in the two-day event, which runs on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 from 11am outside Debenhams in Robertson Street.

TV’s Gladiator Cobra will be among dozens of spectators expected to urge on the determined competitors from all over the country competing in this battle of the braun, all in aid of St Leonards charity St Michael’s Hospice. Among the challenges will be those well-known within the sport, such as the infamous Atlas Stone, Yoke Carrying and the Farmers’ Walk in which competitors must lift and carry heavy canisters.

Organiser Phil Cannon said: “They may be bulky big guys, but these men are athletes in a sport they take very seriously. They train for these events all the year round as any other sportsman would do. Strongmen competitions are becoming more popular and we see this as a spectator sport which is gradually re-emerging as a popular public spectacle. It’s serious competition but it really is great fun to watch.”