Muscle men show their strength in title fight

Tom Stoltman celebrates after setting a Scottish deadlift record
Tom Stoltman celebrates after setting a Scottish deadlift record

Scotland’s Strongest Men came to Motherwell on Saturday to battle it out for this year’s national title.

And this year’s competition turned out to be a real family affair as Luke Stoltman, from Inverness, became Scotland’s Strongest Man for the third year running.

But Luke only landed his title hat-trick after resisting a strong challenge from his ‘little’ brother Tom in the event which took place at the Hostile Stength and Conditioning Gym in Flemington Industrial Park.

And Zake Muluzi, originally from Malawi but now also based in Inverness, completed a 1-2-3 for the Highlands by taking third place.

The event also saw a new Scottish deadlift record of 382.5 kilos set by two competitors, Tom Stoltman and Tom Parkes, again from Inverness.

But there was disappointment for Fife’s former Scottish and British champion Stephen Cherrie whose hopes of regaining his title ended in agony when he tore a back muscle in the opening event and had to withdraw.

Lanarkshire was represented by Cumbernauld strongman Scott Milne who eventually finished 12th.

Having had to go through a qualifying competition simply to make the final, Scott did have hopes of a top 10 finish.

But although he just missed out he was pleased with his performance.

He said: “It wasn’t quite the top 10 I was hoping for but I got a massive personal best in my deadlift with a 30kg increase to 340kg and a 10kg increase on my log press at 130kg.

“So all in all it was a good day.”

More than 500 people attended the competition which featured six different disciplines - deadlift, log press, loading medley, wheelbarrow race, car walk and McGlashan stones.

The open category competition was the second in a series of four events being organised this year by gym owner Martin Lennox.

In May the gym staged Scotland’s Strongest Man for 105kg; next month it will host a qualifier for the SFN Fitness Expo at the SECC and in September Lanarkshire’s Strongest Man will be crowned.