Calling little people with big muscles! UK's Strongest Kid Challenge comes to St Albans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 02 April 2019

Fans at the UK's Strongest Man event held in Westminster Lodge. Picture: DANNY LOO

Fans at the UK's Strongest Man event held in Westminster Lodge. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Little people with big muscles will be battling it out in St Albans for the title of UK’s Strongest Kid.

Finley, 10 and Loui Hayes, seven, with strongman Ashton Reid at a kids strongman course at the UK's Strongest Man event held in Westminster Lodge. Picture: DANNY LOOFinley, 10 and Loui Hayes, seven, with strongman Ashton Reid at a kids strongman course at the UK's Strongest Man event held in Westminster Lodge. Picture: DANNY LOO

Following on from the success of UK’s Strongest Man in Verulamium Park last summer, the organisers are hosting a mini children’s competition this Easter.

The youngsters will be tasked with various challenges, culminating in a deadlift and logpress.

There will be various age categories, including four to six, seven to nine, 10 to 12, and 13 to 15.

Director of Ultimate Strongman, David McConachie, said: “The UK’s Strongest Kid Challenge was hugely popular last year as part of the wider event, as children got the opportunity to flip tyres, try the farmer’s walk and lift sand bags.

UK's Strongest Man 2018.UK's Strongest Man 2018.

“We thought it would be fun to hold a UK’s Strongest Kid competition in the city centre this year and get kids from all over the country involved in the wider subject of their own body strength and health.”

The UK’s Strongest Kid is free to enter and all participants will receive a signed certificate.

It will take place on April 22 from 12pm to 3pm, outside Marks & Spencer on St Peter’s Street, and will be overseen by former UK’s Strongest Man Glenn Ross.

UK’s Strongest Man tournament will be held on July 26, 27, and 28.

UK's Strongest Man 2018.UK's Strongest Man 2018.

Last year the three-day festival attracted crowds of 10,000 to Verulamium Park for feats of strength, food and drink, and live music.

It was broadcast on Channel 5 in November and December.

Qualifying rounds across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will soon be underway in the search for 16 of the country’s most formidable contestants to descend on St Albans for the competition this summer.

Last year was the first time that the UK’s Strongest Man has been held in England and the event was so successful that the organisers have brought it back for a second run.

Davic said it was “so competitive and went right down to the final event” and that “it was the greatest final in our 15-year history”.

Entry is free and there is no need to book. Tickets are available at www.ultimatestrongman.tv/uks-strongest-man-2019/

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