Battle of strength in Wisbech

Ironworks strong man competition. Ronnie Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Ronnie Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Little Ronnie Monk was among competitors whose muscles were flexing as they pulled trucks and lifted weights in a battle of strength.

Ironworks strong man competition. Matt Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Matt Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Competitors turned out to show what they were made of in a variety of events to test their skill and power in the Ironworks Strongest Man/Woman 2019 contest.

It included mini competitor Ronnie, who tried his luck alongside the adults.

It is the first time the challenge has been staged in the Fens for three years.

Organised by Shaun Elsey and Luke Woodbridge, the event attracted 45 competitors from across Britain and even one who flew in especially from Prague.

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant


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Seven women competed.

Shaun said: “The atmosphere was really good. There was a strong friendly competitive spirit and some great winners.

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“The women were really strong contenders, impressive to see.

“We are definitely going to host it again.”

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

“In addition, we put on a food and drink stall which raised around £200 for Glennfields care home.”

It has been three years since Ironworks Gym Wisbech last hosted the event.

Categories for athletes included women, men’s under 90kg, men’s novice and men’s open.

Events included loading race, Viking Press for reps, maximum dead lift, farmers walk and kettle bell hold.

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Winners were: Bianca Carew in the women’s section, Leeroy Smith in the under 90kg mens, David Ryan won novice category and Clarke Tieley won the open men’s section.

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Tim Brown. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Ironworks strong man competition. Luke Woodbridge. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Luke Woodbridge. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Ironworks strong man competition. Mark Rayner. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Mark Rayner. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Ironworks strong man competition. Mark Rayner. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Mark Rayner. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Ironworks strong man competition. Ronnie Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER

Ironworks strong man competition. Ronnie Monk. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

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