Tuesday 24 April 2018

Think you've got what it takes to be Ireland's strongest man? Here's how you can prove it

The Strongman Competition at the Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford.
The Strongman Competition at the Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford.

Meadhbh McGrath

Fancy yourself the strongest man in Ireland? Those keen to test their strength may get the chance to do so at the Hook’s Strongman Challenge next month.

Competitors will be put through their paces during a series of six gruelling challenges over the August bank holiday at the world’s oldest working lighthouse in Wexford.

The competition is an open weight category aimed to test the athletes’ physical and mental strength, and will kick off with a 350kg frame carry.

Also known as a “Farmer's Walk”, the event challenges competitors' speed, grip and strength as two athletes will be given a 90-second time limit to carry the frames 30 metres.

Next up is the over-head press medley, which includes dumbells weighing 75kg – the weight of an average man – that have been pressed by one hand; steel block weights clocking in at 85kg and 110kg; a 125kg axel and finally a whopping 150kg log that must all be pressed over the head.

Two athletes at a time will participate, and will be given 90 seconds to lift all of the above overhead.

In the keg toss, participants must throw eight kegs increasing in weight from 18kg to 28kg over a bar of five metres within the 90 second time limit.

The silver dollar deadlift begins with an opening weight of 300kg, which will rise by 20kg with each round, during which each competitor has 60 seconds to attempt the weight bar.

In the penultimate challenge, six atlas stones must be lifted onto a wall in 90 seconds. The first stone, weighing 100kg, must be lifted onto a 6ft wall. The wall height decreases with each stone, while the stones increases in weight to a final 160kg.

The final event involves a loading race with 120kg sandbags as the loading objects. With a time limite of two minutes, competitors must carry the bag for 15 metres four times before placing it on a platform of 4ft 6inches in height.

Think you have what it takes? The competition will take place on Sunday, July 31, from 1pm, and all proceeds will go to the Irish Motor Neurone Diseases Association.

The former Republic of Ireland strongest man, Italy’s strongest man and a number of world-class power lifters will compete for the title of the ‘Hook Strongman 2016’.

In addition to the Strongman Challenge, pirates will descend on Hook Lighthouse for some family fun games during the bank holiday festival. Guests can also look forward to live music and a barbeque.

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