Challenge to find the strongest man in Calderdale

Training for Calderdale's Strongest Man at Fitness First, Dean Clough, Halifax. Lee Exley lifts a Mini car.
Training for Calderdale's Strongest Man at Fitness First, Dean Clough, Halifax. Lee Exley lifts a Mini car.
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FANCY picking up a Mini or pulling a truck with your bare hands?

Calderdale’s first strongest man competition is to be held next month and organisers are looking for more competitors.

Training for Calderdale's Strongest Man at Fitness First, Dean Clough, Halifax. Organisers Lee Jones and Laura Galley.

Training for Calderdale's Strongest Man at Fitness First, Dean Clough, Halifax. Organisers Lee Jones and Laura Galley.

Entrepreneur couple Lee Jones, 25, and Laura Galley, 23, are behind the event, based on the the famous World’s Strongest Man competition.

It will take place at Hipperholme Grammar School on May 12 and 13 and feature displays of strength that include the crucifix hold, farmers’ walk, truck pull, the overhead press and the car deadlift.

Lee, of Holmfield, Halifax, came up with the idea while removing a toilet from his sister’s work.

“I had to bend down to pick it up and thought it was a bit like an Atlas stone. I thought ‘I know what I’m going to do...’

“I used to love watching World’s Strongest Man as a kid.

“Hopefully it’ll be a good event. I’d like lots of guys signing up for it and having a really good time with it.”

Ten-stone Lee will be taking part in the competition, which has five weight categories – 10-12 stone, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18 and 18-plus stone.

Laura said: “There will be a podium-style finish for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category, with prizes from local businesses.

“This has never been done before in Calderdale and the response has been amazing.”

During the event there will be food, bouncy castles, face-painting, stalls for businesses and the Army recruitment team will be refereeing events.

Laura added: “It’s going to be a massive weekend for the whole family, with something for everyone.

Training sessions are currently being held for those wanting to take part.

For more information, contact 07715586588.