Strong­mAn Bob pulls his weight in truck test

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Few peo­ple’s idea of a rest­ful Sun­day is drag­ging a 22 tonne truck across the Ser­pen­tine Green car park, but then few can lift any­where near as much as Bob Mc­Stay. In­fronto­facheer­ingcrowd­in­clud­ing girl­friend Rachel Bar­raco and his chil­dren Daye (4) and Ella (9) Mc­Stay, the Yax­ley strong­man used all of his 21 stone to force the HGV 40 me­tres for­ward.

It all took less than 30 sec­onds from start to fin­ish, and Bob will now see if he can ac­tu­ally pull an aero­plane as he con­tin­ues to grow stronger.

The 34-year-old, who has bench-pressed 227.5kg, was wor­ried his fundraiser for Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice last Sun­day might stall.

An ach­ing Bob said: “The first time I tried it I didn’t get it started so I pan­icked a lit­tle bit, but it came to­gether when I got a bit more grip on my shoes.

“It was the tough­est truck pull I’ve done. I could prob­a­bly have gone on a bit more, but with­out do­ing it you don’t know.”

Bob’s per­sonal bests have seen­himdead­lift320kg, squat 310kg and over­head press 165kg on his daily in­take of ap­prox­i­mately6,000calo­ries.

Thein­dus­tri­al­stor­ages­teel erec­tor be­gan com­pet­ing two years ago, an­drecent­ly­he­won theBri­tish­pow­er­lift­ingcham­pi­onships in his 140kg weight class.

Bob i s hop­ing to raise £1,000 for Thorpe Hall where his nan re­ceived great care. His­girl­friend Rachel­said: “It’s nerve-rack­ing - I worry about the strain on­his­body­be­cause later on he will be suf­fer­ing. But I’m proud of him, es­pe­cially to do it for char­ity.”

Nilesh Pa­tel, Thorpe Hall fundraiser, said: “It was bril­liant of Rob to do this on be­half of Sue Ry­der, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first truck pull we’ve had for Sue Ry­der.”

Todonate, visit - www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/BobMc-stay.

Bob Mc­Stay at the Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Cen­tre

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