Thousands pack Folkestone Leas for exciting UK Strongest Man competition - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Jul 17, 2017 - 10:50 AM


Folkestone Festivals hosted the sixth and final UK Strongest Man U105kg Competition on a beautiful Sunday 16th July, in Folkestone by the Bandstand on the Leas.

In a competition which was a regular feature of the Hawkinge Spectacular, ten of the strongest guys from England, Scotland and Wales battled it out over six events to find the UK’s Strongest Man U105kg 2017 at it's new venue in Folkestone.

Winners from left to right – Kiarash Mijidi (England); Dhanni Moar (Scotland). Cllr. Roger West (Folkestone Town Mayor), Luke Davis (Wales)

Massive crowds supported the free event to watch Aaron Davis the UK’s Strongest Man in 2016 defend his title but sadly he was beaten by Scotland’s Strongest Man from the Shetlands, Dhanni Moar, closely followed by England’s Kiarash Mijidi, with Luke Davis of Wales, the EMPM Champion coming in third.

4th was Aaron Davis, 5th was Oil Caragan (England), 6th Alan Mccallam (Scotland), 7th Baby Faced Assassin Jarrad Lewis (Wales), 8th London Beasty Tuilagy (England), 9th Manchester’s Shane Burns (England) and 10th Mad Dog Dan Milverton (England)

Hawkinge man Phil Cannon smashes the world record for the heaviest deadlift

The estimated 2,500 crowd also came to see local Hawkinge Disabled Man Phil Cannon, attempt a new world record for the heaviest deadlift. Phil Cannon was born with a clubfoot, which was amputated in October 2015 and just months later he competed in his first weight-lifting championship.

Welsh strongman, Luke Davis takes a break

The 47-year old won a bronze medal at the World's Strongest Disabled Man Championships 2016 in the wheelchair-seated class and also set a new deadlift record of 340kg in the process in Manchester. Phil admitted he was "aiming for some more world records" and also has ambitions of competing at the 2020 Paralympics.

Spectators squeeze onto the Leas

Phil was the first man in history to lift 300kg and has been an inspiration for many.

His attempt to break his own record was part of the entertainment on offer at The Strongest Man UK Under 105kg event, where 12 strongmen competed for the title. Phil broke his record and lifted 365Kg! What an achievement!

The strongman tent

Andrew Wilby from Rebel Strength supplied allegedly the best kit in the world..! Protein goodie bags came from Paul Smith Time 4 Nutrition and from Sarah LP Roar lifting. There was an amazing prize money for the top 3 from Uchit Roach Vadher Xplosive Ape with £500.00 for the eventual winner from Scotland, Dhanni Moar.

The crowd cheer on the heavy lifters

John Barber and all the team from Folkestone Festivals laid on a marvellous show for the community, which would not have been possible with the great financial support from Wilmoths Citroen in Foord Road, a Shepway District Councillor Member Grant and a Folkestone Town Council Ward Grant.

The Folkestone Town Mayor, Cllr. Roger West, although dwarfed by the Strongmen, kindly presented the trophies and Prize Money.

Phil Cannon is to be thanked for persuading Folkestone’s KAP motor company to provide the cars needed for the car deadlift 300kg side handles 60 seconds event and the car squats reps 250kg. Last but not least we thank Sophie Mort from Folkestone’s Fit One Gym who helped with some kit and opened up her gym for the lads to weigh in.

The UK Strongest Man Competition organiser Marc Cherry and Craig Mullineux thanked everyone for their huge, huge support. Martin Cee did a fantastic job engaging the crowds as master of Ceremonies.

Martin VOS hosted on the day and the Head Referee for the day was England's, Britain's, UK's and World’s Strongest man competitor Big Rob Frampton.

Folkestone Festival's boss, John Barber said: "The day was amazing. People came from all over the UK from Hastings to Manchester to support this event and we were taken by surprise by the sheer numbers.

"The added attractions for the children - inflatable tunnel channel, Gladiator Joust, Inflatable Football Shootout and crazy golf were much enjoyed by all.

"Folkestone Festivals were really delighted by the massive success of the event and for the great community spirit generated."

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