Muscle men flex their guns in Sudbury

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TRUE grit was displayed by competitors taking part in a charity strongman contest as they survived not only a series of arduous events but also dismal weather conditions.

Seven muscle men braved the rain to complete the competition at Tesco in Sudbury to raise money for Cancer Research UK on Sunday.

Challenges included a seven-tonne truck pull, a 200kg farmer’s walk – where competitors have to complete a 20-metre course carrying 100kg in each hand – and a 50kg dumbbell press.

The day was organised by Dan McNamee, warehouse manager at the supermarket, who was also named overall winner after beating off fierce competition from Ipswich strongman winner Paul Young and Silkworm doorman Gary Watson.

“The weather was fine in the morning, but later on the conditions got a bit tricky,” said Mr McNamee, from Grantham Avenue in Great Cornard.

“But we still had around 250 spectators and raised £1,500 for charity.”

The 29-year-old, who put in eight weeks of intensive training in preparation for the contest, said his success could lead to him competing in more strongman events in the future.