Morecambe strongman set to face Game of Thrones star

Graham Hicks wins Britain's Strongest Man 2019. Picture: Marisa Cashill
Graham Hicks wins Britain's Strongest Man 2019. Picture: Marisa Cashill
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Morecambe strongman Graham Hicks will face his biggest challenge this weekend - Game Of Thrones superstar Hafþór ‘Thor’ Björnsson.

He also wants Big Zydrunas Savickas’ 228kg World Log Lift record.

But the log event is not ideally suited to tall men and Hicks, at 5ft 10ins the smallest man in the competition, also has his sights set on the log lift at Leeds First Direct Arena on Saturday.

The newly-crowned Britain’s Strongest Man is favourite to grab the British log lift record, of 213kg – currently held by retired former World Strongest Man, now show host and pundit, Eddie Hall.

A world class field of guest competitors from around the globe are flying in for the World Log Lift, which will also be the first event of the day to find Europe’s top strongman.

They include four times World’s Strongest Man winner, USA’s Brian Shaw, the near 7ft, 35 stone colossus from Colorado. Brit-hating braggart Robert Oberst’s and last year’s log lift joint winner, new fan favourite, cartwheeling Iron Biby, of Burkina Faso.

Giant Icelander Thor heads the Euro-invasion with contenders such as Konstantine Janashia and Mateusz Kieliskowski on the bill.

Former European champ Laurence Shahlaei will also be competing as will the stalwart, Terry Hollands, who placed third in 2017.

Hicks, aged 33, by day a British Aerospace systems support worker, who services Eurofighters when he’s not lifting logs or carrying cars, saw his strongman career soar to new heights when he became Britain’s top strongman at Sheffield FlyDSA Arena in January.

lTickets for Giants Live Europe’s Strongest Man at Leeds First Direct Arena on Saturday, April 6, are £23.70 to £131.

Call 0844 248 1585 or visit www.firstdirectarena.com.

Tickets are also on sale for Britain’s Strongest Man 2020 at Sheffield FlyDSA Arena on Saturday, January 18, priced £28 to £196, call the box office on 0114 256 5656 or visit www.flydsaarena.co.uk