Man mountain Mark Felix made Giant strides to win his very own strongman competition. The World Strongest Man finalist invited some of the countries top competitors to flex their muscles at the Winter Giants 2009- an event organised by Felix and his wife. Felix, 43yrs old from Rishton, finished top of the pile.
The Winter Giants, held at Hyndburn Sports Centre, sold all 400 tickets in a matter of days and Felix and his wife were delighted to see the event was such as big success after years of planning. The pair are now hoping to hold something even bigger and better in the East Lancashire area next year.
The Winter Giants contest included 12 strongmen from across the country who competed in six different disciplines- including the medley, log lift, axle deadlift, farmers walk, the ironman Hercules hold and the famous Atlas stones.
Felix, who has appeared in four World’s Strongest Man Finals, finishing in fourth place in 2008, won two of the individual events but only took the inaugural overall title following a dramatic Atlas stones contest.
The Giants crown was Jimmy Marku’s for the taking after the current British champion went in to the final round in first place- having already won the two opening rounds- only to blow it on the stones.
Felix and Marku were joined by Terry Hollands, the reigning English champion, Gary Gardiner, Jack McIntosh, Mark Westaby, Laurence Shahlaei, Alex Curletto, Andy Cairney, Spencer Hyland, Rob Frampton, Dean Slater and Mark Lawson who weighed in at a combined weight of 220 stones!
Felix and his wife thanked sponsors Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire and added, ‘We would just like to say how grateful we are to everyone who turned up. It took plenty of planning but it was all worth it in the end.’
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Felix on this fabulous achievement, ‘Well done, we knew you’d do it!’
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