StrongmAn Bob pulls his weight in truck test
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.”
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Bob McStay at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre