Powerlifters fight it out in bid to be the city’s strongest man

The Portsmouth's Strongest Man contest took place on Saturday at The Farmhouse pub in Burrfields Road, Portsmouth.  Pictured is: Graham Baker, lifting 100 kilos as many times as he can.
The Portsmouth's Strongest Man contest took place on Saturday at The Farmhouse pub in Burrfields Road, Portsmouth. Pictured is: Graham Baker, lifting 100 kilos as many times as he can.
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RACING across a car park carrying 9st weights in each hand is not an easy task.

But that’s what competitors had to do at the weekend to prove themselves worthy of the Portsmouth Strongest Man competition.

Weightlifters gathered at the Farmhouse pub in Burrfields Road, Copnor, on Saturday.

They went head-to-head to lift the heaviest weights and put on an amazing show of strength to around 100 onlookers.

The competition was organised by Rob Frampton, who has competed at strong man competitions worldwide.

Mr Frampton, 38, from Whiteley, said: ‘It was excellent and we had 10 people come along who had never done it before.

‘Once you start you’re hooked.

‘I did one of these and won it and that was it, I started competing everywhere.’

Apart from trying to find Portsmouth’s strongest man, the event was also raising money for charity.

Some of those taking part had been sponsored to raise money for the Action Duchenne charity, which is fighting to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

Mr Frampton added: ‘A friend of mine who I have known since school has a son who suffers from it and it is a really debilitating illness.

‘So we decided to do everything we can today to raise money for the charity.’

One of the toughest tasks undertaken by challengers on Saturday was the farmer’s walk.

Competitors had to race across the course while carrying heavy weights in each hand.

They then had to flip a tractor tyre, which weighed 727lbs, four times.

And later in the day, the strongmen took it in turns to pull a van across the car park.

Tina Smith, 32, was there on the day with her husband James, 39, to watch the event.

Tina said: ‘We haven’t been along to anything like this before but we thought it looked interesting.

‘Seeing them lifting some of those weights is incredibly, they have to be really strong.

‘It’s amazing what they can do.

‘You know you could count on them if you were ever in trouble.’

The event was sponsored by Mr Frampton’s gym, Strength-Tec, in Lysses Court, Fareham.