Strongman Dhanni Moar returned from Manchester at the weekend as Britain’s Strongest Man for 2016 in the under-105kg category.
The Cunningsburgh resident was the only Scot in the contest with two of Wales’ strongest and 11 competitors from England taking part.
This was unquestionably Moar’s biggest win to date and most consistent performance, which he said was key to winning such an event.
Highlights included the giant dumbbell press where Moar managed five reps with the 80kg weight for a second place.
In the frame carry, 340kg had to be lifted and run down a 16-metre course in the fastest time possible. Moar took first place, pipping his closest rival by a mere 0.4 seconds.
In one of his best overall events, the super-yoke, Moar opted to take a conservative approach as any sliding of the shaky apparatus would result in severe time penalties. His “slow and steady” approach with the 380kg yoke was good enough for second place.
The final event was a gruelling duck walk medley where three lumps of weight have to be lifted up between the legs giving the athletes only one way to move – to waddle like a duck. Each item had to be taken down a 16-metre course.
At this point Moar was placed second overall with half a point between him and first-placed Mathew Lliffe of England, and only two points between him and third place.
Moar gave it absolutely everything – visions of becoming a British title holder were a win away. He finished the event in first place and ended the day 9.5 points clear of second place, cementing his win as Britain’s strongest U105 using fitness, speed and consistency to trump brute power.
There won’t be any celebrations just yet as Moar travels to Finland this weekend to take on some of the best middleweight strongmen in the world at the SCL World Championships U105kg in Kokkola City.
He said he would like to thank Bryan Pearson, all his sponsors for their backing, and was touched by all the encouragement and support from the weekend.