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Rhino's Gym in Stamford staged its first Open Strongman Competition

Rhino’s Gym in Stamford staged its first Rhino’s Stamford Open Strongman Competition on Sunday.

The event featured 40 ‘top class’ competitors from across the UK and was watched by more than 200 spectators.

Head of the judges was legendary strongman Geoff Capes.

Some 40 people took part in the event at Rhino's gym, which was also watched by 200 people. (16114680)
Some 40 people took part in the event at Rhino's gym, which was also watched by 200 people. (16114680)

Following registration, the event started at 10am with a gruelling head to head car deadlift weighing up to 350kg, a yoke and farmers walk and log press.

Then, followed a charity truck pull with ten women pulling a 7.5 tonne articulated truck in aid of the ‘Sunshine Campaign,’ which aims to fund a new rescue boat in York, in memory of Ketton teenager Sonny Ferry who drowned in the River Ouse in York in April.

The athletics then continued with the men pulling thetruck and the ladies pulling the Rhino’s Mitsubishi L200 truck.

The gym’s Nick Swann said: “With all categories tightly contested and with very few points separating the top athletes , the weights certainly challenged the most experienced athletes and with the final event of atlas stone over yoke proved to be a great finisher.”

“The whole day was a great spectacle, spread over the entire length and breadth of Rhinos carpark some 80 metres in length.”

The event finished at 5pm for presentations of medals and trophies from Geoff Capes.

Nick continued: “It was great to see a mix of first time competitors, novices, intermediates and experienced opens and both ladies as well as gents.

“There were a lot of stand out performances, plenty of personal bests smashed and a few demons put to bed and also some great prospects for the future and in true strongman style great encouragement, banter and camaraderie all round.”

Nick said the event, staged at the gym on Gwash Way Industrial Estate on Ryhall Road, without a hitch and he wished to thankcontributors and helpers, as well as the competitors from near and far.

Since the event, which enjoyed fine weather throughout the day, Nick and son Sam say they have since received lovely feedback and are delighted everyone who took part enjoyed the event.

Nick added: “It was quite simply an awesome day.”

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