A Training Session with Giants!
Ahead of the bank holiday Belfast Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend, which takes place at both the Writer’s Square, Cathedral Quarter and Crumlin Road Gaol, a team of Northern Ireland’s leading Strongmen hosted a special training session providing an insight into what it takes to become an Ultimate Strongman!
Led by Northern Ireland’s finest, Glenn Ross a.k.a The Daddy, supported by the current Ulster strongest man, “The Giant”, Sean O’Hagan, and also joined by one of Ireland’s most successful World Karate and Kickboxing competitors, Cathy McAleer, who is currently working with Glenn too improve her strength and power training ahead of the World K1 Title Fight – The Lord of the Rings, organised by Billy Murray as a celebration of his 25th anniversary.
A team of unsuspecting journalists were introduced to the Tyre Flipping, Farmers Walk and the Prowler Push, along with an insight into a 7000 calorie a day diet and an intensive training regime which would put any self-confessed gym bunny to shame!
Running from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th August visitors can not only experience a fun-packed day for all the family including a first-time ever visit to Northern Ireland from Transformers star Optimus Prime The Truck from the Movie (appearances will be on Friday to Monday @ Crumlin Road Gaol), but can expect a testosterone fuelled battle of strength as 34 of the world’s strongest giants compete for several of the Ultimate Strongman titles.
On Thursday 21st August the Juniors will compete for the Muscle NH2 Trophy in writers square, Cathedral Quarter – this is a free event open to the public and will see 8 Young strongmen (aged 16-23) from across the UK and Ireland battle it out to win this ‘career launching’ title, including Northern Ireland’s very own Matthew Mccoy from Randalstown and Ryan Boreland from Coleraine. The UK’s Strongest Man event takes place Friday – Sunday and sees 16 strongmen from across the UK and Ireland compete for the CNP Trophy, including Northern Ireland’s current Ireland’s Strongest Man, Clarke Beck from Banbridge and former Ireland’s Strongest Man Jonathan Kelly from Newtwonabbey, Pa O’Dwyer, Co Limerick and Richard Looney, Co Carlow compete for the CNP Trophy. The Masters World Strongman Championship takes place on Sunday and Monday and sees Northern Ireland’s David McArthur, Coleraine and Kevin Murray, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Chad Coy, USA, Robert Kalinowski, Poland, Antanas Abrutis, Lithuania, German Barbarian, Michael Zitzelsberger compete against some of the Master World’s Strongest Men for the highly coveted Rudridge Trophy.
Tickets are priced at £9.00 per person, per day, (£7.00 online) children under 12 go free and are available on the day or by visiting www.ultimatestrongestman.com