For those that didn’t know, FunMeFit were heavily involved in co-promoting the Yorkshire’s strongest man 2014 competition, which took place on Sunday 19th October at Frickley Athletic FC’s JJ leisure stadium, South Elmsall.
The events included Log Lift, Deadlift, Super Yolk, Vehicle pull and atlas stones. The competition took place on the football pitch where boarding and matting were used to provide a stable platform. The hulks strongman team did an excellent job throughout the competition, moving equipment and changing over the events.
With 14 competitors battling it out across 5 gruelling events, including the world famous atlas stones and vehicle pull, a great spectacle was put on for the 500 plus crowd who came along to cheer their favourite strongman on.
FunMeFit provided the MC for the day, Andy Picken, whilst Kate and Matthew Hill had exclusive pitch and backstage access to film highlights of the event and interview some of the crowd and competitors – for FMFTV.
Our very own Phil Roberts, and current Sheffield’s strongest man, took part in the competition as the guys lined up on the pitch in front of the guest referee Eddie Hall, Britain’s strongest man 2014 from Stoke, and three times World strongest man contender Graham Hicks from Morecombe.
Phil Roberts, Sheffield’s Strongest Man by Shaun Morgan.
Eddie Hall, Britain’s Strongest Man by Shaun Morgan.
Graham Hicks took time to give a quick pitch side interview for FunMeFit over the ground’s PA system to give his thoughts on the day. Thanks to Graham for taking the time out to do this which was appreciated by the crowd.
With a star studded line up of strongmen as guests and officials on the day, as well as two times record Holder and Hulks strongman promoter Mark Anglesea, the crowd took the opportunity to have their pictures taken with their hero’s before and after the competition.
No doubt when the strongmen grace our TV sets at Christmas time, spectators on the day will recognise them again, and will always have special memories of the day the Countries elite strongman came to Frickley Athletic FC in little South Elmsall.
This will include one 87 year old spectator who had a front row seat in our disabled area and gave an interview to the crowd with Andrew Picken. After watching the strongmen series on television every year it was his first live event, and he addressed the crowd with ‘”this is absolutely fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable”.
As the competition heated up, 20 year old Paul Smith really stepped up to the plate by winning the first event – the Hulks log press – an event requiring you to lift the bar from the ground, through the clean, and into an overhead press.
Mixing amongst some serious elite level strongmen, Paul really was a sensation on the day and despite coming sixth overall displayed huge future potential in the sport, which in strongman terms he is yet to peak in at such a young age. Well done Paul and one to certainly watch.
6 foot 5”, and PPS nutrition sponsored strongman Tom Shaw, was tipped as a hot favourite and gave the heaviest deadlift on the day- 380 kg (59 stone 11 pounds). Tom also displayed a blistering performance in the atlas stone event -the only competitor to complete all 5 stones.
Local man Mick Brown from Normanton, cheered on by a vocal crowd, stepped up the plate in every event, whilst always remaining calm, composed and consistently strong.
FunMeFit also grabbed a few words from Mick Brown’s wife Nicola, and Mick’s training partner over the PA who happily gave an insight into Mick Brown’s preparation for the event – for the benefit of the crowd.
As we continued throughout the competition the events became harder as the guys tired from giving so much early on in the competition. This is the point where strategy plays a big part. Who has reserved the most energy, left enough in the tank, or has the will power to put in a big effort in the last two events?
The super Yolk loaded up with 400 kg ( ( 62 stone) and consisting of a frame the competitors have to lift across the shoulders and carry over a 30 metre distance was a difficult event on soft ground.
Many of the guys didn’t make the full distance all gave credible performances, and those that did complete the distance demonstrated immense power and stamina to cross the line.
Soon to find out who had the best strategy in place, the competition resumed as the guys were hooked up to a 4.5 ton loaded van and pulled the vehicle across a 30 metre distance, the winner being the guy to cross the line first.
Next up, the competition finished with the Atlas Stones as the strongmen lined up on the field to await the outcome and standings. First, second and third place trophies glistened in the afternoon sun with prize money for the top three finishers, as the crowd fell quiet in anticipation of the result.
As the standings were calculated, suspense filled the air as the official score cards were presented to Eddie hall to announce the winners. We knew it was close, and as the excitement ramped up, Eddie Hall stepped forward with the microphone to announce the standings and top three podium finishers.
All competitors deserve huge praise for putting on a fantastic show and for being so kind to enable FunMeFit to interview them during the event and capture the drama of the day with video footage.
In third place was our very own Phil Roberts, followed by Tom Shaw in a well fought second place. However, after a short pause Mick Brown’s name echoed around the JJ leisure stadium as the crowd stood to their feet to cheer the winner and now the new Yorkshire’s strongest man 2014.
With a clear winner identified, and an appreciative crowd cheering every single competitor that contributed to a great show, the crowd held back for photos and to buy merchandise from explosive ape and PPS Nutrition.
Above: Andy from FunMeFit doing the microphone commentary for the day.
Kate from FunMeFit with Phil Roberts.
Above: Kate from FunMeFit with Eddie Hall.
Discussion reverberated around the stadium as spectators reflected on the competition and talked about their favourite event, strong man and the day as a whole. A truly memorable experience for all who witnessed something new at the JJ Leisure stadium.
As the sun continued to set behind the JJ Leisure stadium, and the crowd exited the ground, a calm silence fell around the ground as Frickley staff and the Hulks team cleared the staging and cleared the ground.
What took place at Frickley was a special event and a ground that will now hold fond memories to the top three competitors but especially our very own Yorkshire’s strongest man Mick Brown.
FunMeFit would like to express thanks to the following people involved in this great show;
Promoter Mark Anglesea, marketing manager Nici Pickering and competitors Tom Shaw, Phil Roberts and Mick Brown for welcoming us to their training gym in Rotherham to interview them, and for putting on a great show at Frickley Athletic FC.
Notable mentions also go to the Hulks team – working tirelessly to set up each event and the two girls manning the turnstiles – a great all round team effort. Well done everyone at Hulks.
Frickley Athletic FC for the use of their ground, providing snack bar, stewards and bar staff on the day and the logistics of food storage, preparation and a very early start Sunday morning.
PHOTOS: Local South Kirkby professional photographer Shaun Morgan took some amazing shots on the day and his album can be found using this link: Shaun Morgan
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