INGLETON’S first ever ‘strongman’ contest has been declared a great success.

Hosted by former professional light heavyweight boxer, Tomi Tatham, owner of the TNT Hub, at the town’s i-centre development, there were four different categories for the 36 contestants to take part in.

A good day, weather-wise, meant the contest could take place outside, and there was also additional entertainment, a bouncy castle for the children, an ice cream van and food from Season’s Bakery.

Contestants signed up to test their strength in male intermediary, female intermediary, male advanced and female advanced. Each of the categories saw the contestants tested in floor to overhead maximum repetitions in a minute and deadlift maximum repetitions, in a minute. There was also ‘farmer’s carry’ over 20 metres; ‘sandbag carry’, and ‘dead ball over shoulder’.

The first three in each category were awarded trophies, and every one received a medal and a t-shirt for taking part.

Tomi said it was a very successful day, with the contestants encouraged by both the crowd and each other, and he was now planning the next event.

“I was delighted with the response and the quality of the athletes; they all gave their best and held nothing back. I’d like to thank the spectators and the contestant’s families, the helpers on the day as well as Josh Lancaster from Leanbody Systems for the equipment and 3 peaks cycles for the loan of the gazebo. Everyone has been very supportive and helped to make a great event," he said.