A Burnley powerhouse has muscled in on his first strongman crown.
Wayne Fulton went head to head with seven man mountains for the Bolton’s Strongest Man newcomer title.
But, despite being the smallest competitor, weighing in at 16.5st, he dominated the competition which was held in front of 7,000 spectators in the town’s busy Victoria Square.
Wayne, who works in business IT for Burnley firm Serien Ltd, won all four of the gruelling events to clinch his debut title in emphatic style.
The Harle Syke strongman, who trains in his specially-designed garage gym at his Talbot Drive home, was delighted with the victory.
He said: “It was my first competition but it was a straight win. I won all four events.
“I was only 16.5st and the next lad up was 20st. They were all massive blokes but I still beat them.”
He went on: “It is nice to win, but to do it so convincingly was what got me buzzing most.”
Wayne, who trained with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher in the build up to the contest, got off to a flying start.
He came first in the Press Medley heat which saw him lift a 60kg sandbag, 90kg log and 100kg axle above his head in the quickest time.
He stormed to victory in the Deadlift event which saw him complete 16 repetitions with a 210kg thick grip bar in 75 seconds - cheered on by wife Amy and his friends
Wayne was fastest over 30 yards carrying a 200kg weight in the Farmer’s Walk heat before winning the Loading Race - shifting four sandbags, weighing between 60kg and 90kg, onto a 5ft platform in the best time.
He was presented his Bolton’s Strongest Man newcomer crown by legendary British athlete Mark Felix.
Wayne,who only begun strongman training last October, has his heart set on returning to Bolton next year for the Open title and even a shot at the British championship one day.
He said: “My deadlift one rep max is 310kg but I hope to get up to 350kg. If I get that I want to go to compete in Britain’s Strongest Man.
“But it is a 10-year plan for that because it is early days.”