Competitors are wanted to enter strongman event

Competitors are wanted to enter the Alnwick strongman competition, which was revived last year after a decade-long absence.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 1:00 pm
Grant Welsh, from Specsavers, and strongman competition organiser Jonathan Park outside the Tanners Arms in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

And organisers are planning to add an arm-wrestling challenge to the proceedings.

Both competitions will be open to men and women.

The events will take place on Friday, August 10, and are being run by Olly Dial, of the town’s Elite Fitness Super Gym, and Jonathan Park, from Alnwick’s Halifax branch.

Competitors in the strongman and strongwoman events will have to carry weights along Hotspur Street, between The Tanners Arms and The Fleece.

Last year’s competition – the first in a decade – attracted a competitive field and a large crowd of cheering spectators.

Jonathan said: “When I came up with the idea to relaunch the strongman competition last year, after a gap of 10 years, I didn’t know whether it would be a one-off.

“However, with the support of Olly who helped organise the competitors, it seemed to be really well received with a large crowd out to watch the event and thousands following via live streaming.

“In addition, this year I am hoping to add to the event by holding a male and female arm-wrestling completion, using tables meeting the European Armwrestling Federation guidelines and provided by HMP Northumberland.”

This year’s strongman/woman contests have received support from Grant Welsh, of Alnwick Specsavers, who has donated £500 to pay for the road closure.

To enter the strongman/woman or arm wrestling, contact Jonathan on 07553 928172 or Olly via the Elite Fitness Super Gym Facebook page.