DOZENS of people descended on a gym in St Leonards last weekend to see some of the UK’s strongest men and women prove their might and display their strength in acts of brute force.
At the annual Strongest Man and Woman competition, which took place at Zeus Gym on the Ponswood Industrial Estate last Saturday and Sunday, a excited crowd were awed by some incredible feats of strength.
Onlookers cheered as strongmen and women flexed their bulging muscles and grunted and groaned as they tossed kegs, lifted stones and pulled trucks.
Chris Bisson, owner of Zeus Gym, said: “Strongman is a great spectator sport, watching men and women lifting cars, pulling trucks and throwing barrels and huge stones about as if they were toys, it’s grea! The weather was good and the crowds got behind all the competitors and kept them going. As always, I would like to thank all of the Zeus team and organisers for their hard work. Also our sponsors, local company Forestheath Engineering, who not only sponsor the event but also make the majority of the equipment we use.”
Over the course of the two days there were more than 45 competitors, seven of whom were women, and all levels took part, from first time competitors to those who have competed in Britain’s Strongest Man.
The event raised money for research into pancreatic cancer and the charity Lumpy’s Last Laughs, set up in memory of powerlifter Lee ‘Lumpy’ Price who died of the disease in 2012.
England’s strongest man Lloyd Renals and Britain’s strongest woman Meg Robson were guests of honour and helped judge some of the events. Saturday saw different categories of men and women competing at various weight levels and on Sunday, bigger men took on the biggest challenges such as deadlifting cars and the infamous Atlas Stones.
Chris added: “It was a great atmosphere, sunny weather, and a great competition. Terry’s Kitchen had the BBQ going, families came along and made a weekend of it.” After another successful year of hosting the event, the annual competition is set to return in 2015 for another round of mighty challenges. For more information visit www.zeusgym.co.uk.