Stuart Whyte is runner-up in Scotland’s Strongest man
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.
Stuart Whyte with his strongman trophy.