Who will be crowned Preston’s Strongest Man?

Posted on - 12th July, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Sport, What's On in Preston
There's a range of challenges to overcome to become Preston's Strongest Man

There’s a range of challenges to overcome to become Preston’s Strongest Man

Muscles are being pumped ready for Preston’s Flag Market to be taken over by the sound of groaning and the dripping of sweat.


Preston’s Strongest Man will be crowned during the competition on Saturday 16 July.

Greg Dunnings, the current holder, seeks to defend his title in the charity fundraising event.

Dunnings will hand his title over as he’s chosen not to compete.

There are two competitions running, the novice category and the open category.

Sixteen men will compete for the novice trophy, while only eight step up for the title of Preston’s Strongest Man.

Gary competing in last year's event

Greg competing in last year’s event

Mr Dunnings, 25, organises the now annual event and it raises funds for the Bike Tours for the Wounded.

He said: “I’m a former soldier and was in Afghanistan between October to November in 2009. I nearly lost my left leg when a device exploded, it tore my whole shin out and shattered me knee. I’ve got screws holding it together.

“I am not competing this year so we will be crowning a new Strongman.

“The event was a monumental success last year and I hope to see a good turnout.”

Read more: See everything happening on the Flag Market during summer 2016

The event is on the Flag Market from 10am to 4pm, and is sponsored by T-Nutrition Preston.

What do the Strongmen have to do?

A car deadline, head to head, reps in 60 seconds

Carry a Yoke weighting 250kg for 30m

Shoulder medley of an Oly 80kh, axle 90kg, log 100kg, in 70 seconds

Pull a truck 20m

Load Sandbags in a race which are 70,80,90,100kg

If it rains on the day there’s a back up event which is a Farmers walk, 100kg for novices and 130kg for the open

Who is competing?

1. Will O’Neill
2. Gaz Conlon
3. James McDonald
4. Pete Wallis
5. David-John Williamson
6. Tamas Racz
7. Stuart Scott
8. Lee Reid
9. Glen Patten
10. Jamie Winter
11. David Corran
12. John Mckeown
13. Jay Davies
14. Andrew Hodkinson
15. Greg Aspin
16. Tom Whittle

1. Joe 0.5 Nicholson ( Currently Preston’s 2nd Strongest Man 2015)
2. Michael Tapper Mcguire
3. Joshua Ainsworth
4. Kevin Morris
5. Matt Knox
6. Gaz Smith
7. Matt Shippen
8. Marcus Goodwin

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