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Thousands of people attended the “Myprotein.co.uk England’s Strongest Man Final 2008” where records, and the arm of a competitor who carried on competing before receiving medical treatment, were broken on Sunday 20th July at Lichfield Rugby Football Club.

More than 2000 attendees watched as 13 competitors fought for the title at Lichfield Rugby Football Club, Staffordshire on Sunday the 20th July, including two-time British Strongest Man, Jimmy Marku, who has also qualified for the World’s Strongest Man title to be contested .

England’s Strongest Man was sponsored by current National Business Award finalists www.Myprotein.co.uk, who also sponsor International rugby players Andy Titterell and Dan Hipkiss, bodybuilder James Llewellyn, and the UK’s newest UFC fighter Dan Hardy.

Lichfield Rugby Football Club was the host of a battle that many had written off before the competition had even started. However, Jimmy Marku was not the runaway leader all expected, despite securing the title in the last event, and breaking a competition record, with 17 reps of a 130kg Pendulum Press, beating the previous record of 115kg for 14 reps by some way.

The highlight of the competition was the pure determination and resolve of Rob Frampton, who finished 9th overall. Frampton broke his arm during the second loading event when attempting to lift over a tonne in total, but refused medical attention and proceeded to compete in the ‘Big Van Lift’, miraculously dead lifting a transit van weighing 300kg for 7 reps.

Oliver Cookson, Managing Director of event sponsor and provider of nutrition for the day, Myprotein.co.uk said,

“Lichfield was a superb venue for such a great event, and the support really got behind the competitors. The athletes performed extremely well, beyond expectation, which is testament to the strict training and diet regimes that these guys follow.”

He continued,

“The sport has come on leaps and bounds, and the strongmen of today, like Jimmy Marku and reigning World’s Strongest Man Marius Pudzianowski wouldn’t look out of place on a bodybuilding stage due to their immense conditioning and nutritional application.”

Robert Dalgleish, organiser of the event and former strongman said,

“The guys really performed, spurred on by the brilliant crowd. Myprotein.co.uk, as a winner of the Growing Business Award last year and a National Business Award finalist this year was a great sponsor, as they are a fast-growing business getting involved in a rapidly-growing sport.”

He continued,

“This event demonstrated that English competitors have what it takes to compete on the World Stage.”

Results
1. Jimmy Marku 63.5pts
2. David McAneney 58pts
3. Spencer Hyland 51.5pts
4. Rich Gorvin 51.5pts
5. Mark Lawson 46.5pts
6. Adam Townsend 46pts
7. Paul Carter 42.5pts
8. Simon Morton 41.5pts
9. Rob Frampton 28pts
9. Paul Cater 28pts
11. Wayne Tunstall 27pts
12. Paul James 24pts
13. Shawn Kenny 22pts

ENDS

For further information, to speak to any of the athletes mentioned or to interview Oliver Cookson, MD of Myprotein.co.uk or the event organiser Robert Dalgleish, please contact Rich Leigh of 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency at rich@10yetis.co.uk or 01452 527 898.

EDITORS NOTES

• Myprotein.co.uk is Europe’s leading UK based online manufacturer and supplier of sports nutrition & health products.

• Myprotein.co.uk won the Growing Business Awards ‘Young Company of the Year’ 2007 award, and have reached the last 16 of the 2008 National Business Awards

• Myprotein.co.uk produces all products in-house and sell direct on the internet to the end user, manufacturing to customer specification. 

• Myprotein.co.uk receives more than 6000 unique visits each day.

• Myprotein.co.uk has achieved a 250% turnover increase year on year since forming four years ago.

• Myprotein.co.uk is proud sponsors of England’s Strongest Man 2008

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