Weightlifter Jenny Todd is ready to take on the world after winning the Britain’s Strongest Woman contest.
Jenny, who was born and brought up in Hartlepool, only took up the sport two-and-a-half years ago, but her rapid rise continued as she won the event in Northampton.
She triumphed in the under-75kg category as she impressed in events including the log lift, deadlift medley, yoke frame carry and farmer’s walk.
In the log lift, she lifted a 80kg steel cylinder, which was 320mm in diameter, from the floor and pressed it above her head, while another challenge was to carry an 80kg beer keg and 80kg sandbag in a race.
Jenny, 27, who now lives in Bishop Middleham, finished second in the event last year, and has also won England’s Strongest Woman and Europe’s Most Powerful Woman.
She revealed how relieved she was to win the title after a stressful build-up.
Once I had the result I wanted, it was a big weight off my shouldersJenny Todd
She said: “My over-riding feeling was one of relief, and it meant a hell of a lot to me after I came second last year.
“The build-up to a competition is always really tough, and I suffer quite a lot from anxiety and stress from it, so once I had the result I wanted, it was a big weight off my shoulders, if you’ll excuse the pun.”
The week before her British success, Jenny won the under-73kg category at another strong woman competition, during which she pulled a truck.
She has finished second at a World Championships in the past, and trains three times a week at Lifestyle Fitness, in Hartlepool, where she is now set to take a job as a personal trainer.
That will allow her to train five times a week and boost her hopes of realising her ultimate dream.
She added: “I fell in love with the adrenaline and being able to make changes to my body and strength. It’s something I love to do.
“I started training with my boyfriend, Paul Jory, and started with a typical bodybuilding routine.
“I got some pointers from Mark McLoughlin, who came second in the over-40s category in the past, and he advised me to look into Strong Woman.
“I entered my first competition three or four weeks later, which I won, and things have just got better and better since then.
“My next goal is the World’s Strongest Woman competition. It’s the biggest one there is.
“I’d have to go up a weight category if I wanted to be recognised as the best, but I’d have to cross that bridge when I came to it.”