A Burnley behemoth has become the UK’s fourth strongest man after entering the Ultimate Strongman competition as a wildcard.
Ash Rumsam represented England at the CNP-sponsored event in Belfast alongside 15 other competitors from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The 25-year-old was forced to endure a gruelling three-day programme which consisted of 13 different events. The contest prides itself on being the toughest and heaviest show on the planet and involves maximum lifts, heavy moving and strenuous, repetitive events with the aim of unearthing the ultimate champion.
Ash started out in Group A alongside fellow Englishmen Ed Hall and Adam Bishop as well as Ireland’s Sean O’Hagan and Pat O’Dwyer, Scotland’s Stephen Cherrie and Tom Stoltman and Welshman Simon Johnston - though the numbers gradually dwindled in a weakest link format.
Day one started with the 420kg Tyre Super Yoke over 20 metres, swiftly followed by the Caveman Rock Lift, with five weights starting at 100kg.
The competition then moved on to the Block Deadlift before the opening day culminated with MAS Wrestling.
Bar Bending was the introduction to day two while Fish Tank Squats provided the second test. The Optimus Prime Sword Hold, weighing in at 56lb, and the Car Deadlift Hold brought an end to the penultimate day of action.
The final consisted of eight men and five events. Ash started with the 385kg Railway Walk, moved on to the 160kg Louis Cyr Axle Press, progressed to the 184kg Husafell Stone Walk, continued to the two tonne man versus machine Optimus Prime Truck Push before finishing with the 100kg to 160kg Super Dreyman Barrel Load.
He finished fourth, earning a £300 prize.
Ash’s dad, Ian Rumsam, said: “He came fourth against the odds.
“He has been competing for less than two years.
“He competed in the England Championships as a reserve in July, qualified for the UK Championships and has finished fourth.
“He’s a local hero.”