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Trial of strength before hundreds to be crowned the UK's mightiest man

Published 25/08/2016

Pa O'Dwyer from Ireland lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Pa O'Dwyer from Ireland lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Competitors in the 200kg Duck Walk event during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall

The UK's strongest men lifted the equivalent of two people above their heads as they battled to be crowned the mightiest in the country.

Eddie Hall, from Staffordshire, bench-pressed a 150kg log 19 times in an effortless show of power with only a puff of the cheeks before the last repetition in front of a crowd of hundreds in Northern Ireland.

Competitors in the 200kg Duck Walk event during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall
Competitors in the 200kg Duck Walk event during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall

And the towers of strength waddled along the "duck walk" outside Belfast's City Hall while clutching 200kg stacks of metal in the most gruelling of races.

Organiser Glenn Ross said: "People's muscles will be on fire for this Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Weekend."

Other challenges included a centuries-old pole push wrestling test and lifting sackloads of weight into vehicles.

Aaron Page and Pa O'Dwyer dropped the log on their heads. For another the bulky weight would not budge at all.

This was the 13th year of the strong man competition.

Pulling trucks and flipping mammoth tyres are among the challenges which await competitors who make it to the next round. The victor will be crowned on Saturday.

Other competition venues include the Titanic Quarter and Crumlin Road Gaol.

Strong men eat a 10,000-calorie mountain of food every day and consume about a kilogramme of steak daily. The shopping bill can come to up to £400 a week.

Ed Hall from England lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Ed Hall from England lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Aaron Page reacts after dropping a 150kg log on his head during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Aaron Page reacts after dropping a 150kg log on his head during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Sean O'Hagan from Ireland lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA
Sean O'Hagan from Ireland lifts a log during the UK Strongest Man 2016 heats at Belfast City Hall, Belfast. PA

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