Stu­art Whyte is run­ner-up in Scot­land’s Strong­est man

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FORT Wil­liam strong­man Stu­art Whyte be­came the sec­ond strong­est man in Scot­land in the un­der 150kg weight cat­e­gory ear­lier this month.

Stu­art, 36, was the run­ner-up in his weight cat­e­gory in the Scot­land’s Strong­est Man com­pe­ti­tion, held in Ler­wick on Shet­land on April 1.

Now in his 10th year of com­pet­ing at a na­tional level, Stu­art trains in the work­shop he uses for his weld­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion busi­ness us­ing strong­man equip­ment he has made him­self, in­clud­ing tyres and other items to lift and flip.

He and his fel­low com­peti­tors bat­tled it out with six dif­fer­ent events in a com­pe­ti­tion which he de­scribes as ‘ bru­tal’.

The first event was the gi­ant dumb-bell press, where the com­peti­tors lift sin­gle-handed dumb-bells above their head with one arm. These ranged from 50kg to 90kg and there was a 75-sec­ond time limit.

Next was the sil­ver dol­lar dead lift where they lifted boxes of in­creas­ing weights and the win­ner is the last man stand­ing, who will have man­aged the heav­i­est amount.

In the su­per yoke event, the men had to lift weights of up to 340kg on their shoul­ders and run 30m car­ry­ing them.

Co­nan’s wheel came next, and in­volved lift­ing a weighted bar up with their el­bows or fore arms which was an­chored in the mid­dle and weighed 250kgs. The men had to ro­tate the bar round un­til they had to drop it.

The penul­ti­mate event was a med­ley which is where the men pick up and carry kegs and sand­bags of up to 110kg. They carry six dif­fer­ent items over 12kgs each and this is a time trial event.

The fi­nal event was one which was new to the com­pe­ti­tion. It was called the moor­ing pit carry and in­volved lift­ing iron crosses weigh­ing be­tween 120kgs and 140kgs.

Stu­art said: ‘It was pretty bru­tal. It was an en­durance event as well. Four out of the six events were run­ning events as well as lift­ing.’

He still man­aged to break the Scot­tish record in the dumb­bell press, but then his record was swiftly beaten by Dhanni Moar just af­ter­wards. S

Stu­art has trav­elled a lot do­ing strong­man events. He has been to Nor­way com­pet­ing in the world cham­pi­onships and will be go­ing to Fin­land in Septem­ber to com­pete in this year’s world cham­pi­onship, hav­ing qual­i­fied as part of the top two in this com­pe­ti­tion.

He says he has done more than 50 com­pe­ti­tions so far and plans to con­tinue for a few more years at least. A par­tic­u­lar high­light for him was meet­ing Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger in South Africa while com­pet­ing in the Arnold Strong­man Clas­sic last year.

Photo by Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Stu­art Whyte with his strong­man tro­phy.

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