Strongman event to return to Hartlepool after crowd impresses organiser

Hartlepool's Kevin Coils competes in the strongman event.
Hartlepool's Kevin Coils competes in the strongman event.

Strongmen are set to return to Hartlepool after a national event held in the town was hailed as a huge success.

Some of the country’s best up-and-coming prospects in the sport competed in an Elite England Strongest Man qualification event for the World Amateur Championships at Xtreme Fitness, in Vue Business Park, Ladysmith Street.

James Garred competes in the strongman event.

James Garred competes in the strongman event.

A crowd of 300 attended, and organisers were left delighted with the turnout.

Bob Daglish, of Elite Strongman Promotions, said: “The event went really smoothly, and the crowd was very enthusiastic.

“It was one of the best crowds we’ve had this year in that type of venue, and they were very knowledgeable, and really encouraged the athletes.

“At the end of a competition, it takes about 10 minutes to check the scores, and the crowd usually leaves during that time.

Winner Tom Shaw competes in the strongman event.

Winner Tom Shaw competes in the strongman event.

“At this event, though, the crowd actually waited for the presentation, even though we more or less knew who had won.

“We hope to have another event in Hartlepool later this year, and definitely two next year. We’re hoping to hold one of them at the Marina.”

Tom Shaw, from Newcastle, won for the third year running, and was one of four to qualify for the British Strongman Challenge in Billingham, in September, along with Hartlepool’s Kevin Coils. Events included a 320kg dead lift, 400kg yoke carry, 400kg tyre flip, a log lift and a stone lift, and Shaw won four of the five challenges.

Winner Tom Shaw competes in the strongman event.

Winner Tom Shaw competes in the strongman event.