Strongmen to take on best in UK

Morecambe strongman Graham Hicks
Morecambe strongman Graham Hicks
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Two district strongmen have qualified to take on the best muscle men Britain has to offer.

Bolton-le-Sands’ Jack McIntosh and Morecambe’s Graham Hicks finished second and fourth respectively at an event in Swindon earlier this month.

The result means the training partners will be competing at the televised Britain’s Strongest Man in Gateshead on August 3.

McIntosh’s second-place finish also means he qualifies for Europe’s Strongest Man at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium at the end of June, an event attended by 7,000 people last year.

The two-time World’s Strongest Man competitor said: “It went better than I thought it would to be honest.

“I’ve been struggling with some events because I’ve had a hamstring problem but things went better this time.

“Europe’s going to be really difficult because it’s pretty much the same as a World’s Strongest Man field.”

Hicks, who won two events on the day said: “Going into the final event I was half a point behind Jack in third and slipped and sprained my ankle. It’s still sore.

“I wanted to make sure I qualified for the British finals but I was battling for first and second and am a bit gutted how it ended.

“Jack did really well but I made a couple of mistakes and was a bit rusty.”