A BURNLEY strongman had a huge weight lifted off his shoulders, literally, on his way to scooping the UK North title.
Colin Jones, owner of Padiham’s Riverside Gym, lifted, carried, pulled and dragged monstrous weights at the competition in Cheshire to win the strongman championship.
A 10-tonne truck pull kick-started the event and that was followed by a punishing routine of dead lifts using a Citroen Berlingo van, atlas stones, a 190kg shield carry on a 25m course, a farmer’s walk equipped with 130kg weights in each hand, a 15m duck walk carrying a 210kg weight and finally a gruelling 250 kg tyre drag.
The 26-year-old said: “I enter about two or three competitions a year. I entered an event in May for an England strongman qualifier but I pulled a tendon in my arm during the third event so I had to withdraw.”
He added: “I train six days a week and I’m starting to improve now. I came third in that competition last year so I’m happy with the progression.
“It felt brilliant and when you train every day it’s great to have something to show for it. This really made up for what happened in May.”