Peterhead’s Arena gym hosts Scotland’s Strongest Man championship

Scotland’s towers of strength put their power to the test in Peterhead recently when the town staged the Scotland’s Strongest Man competition.

By Ian MacLean
Sunday, 15th November 2020, 12:19 pm
Scotland's Strongest Man competitors Patrick Jackson, Eben van Wyk and Darren Robb (pic: Audrius Sungaila)
Scotland's Strongest Man competitors Patrick Jackson, Eben van Wyk and Darren Robb (pic: Audrius Sungaila)

The event was hosted by the Arena Strength and Fitness gym in Peterhead and was staged at Finnies 4x4 in Sandford Business Park.

Titles were up for grabs in two weight categories, under 90kg and under 105kg, with Peterhead pair Eben van Wyk, the Arena gym owner, and Darren Robb among the contenders in the latter classification.

However they were edged out into second and third spots respectively by Kelso strongman Jason Hastie, while Dean McVie, from Edinburgh, emerged as u90kg champion.

Contestants had to take part in five separate disciplines, including a 20-metre ‘farmer’s walk’ carrying weights in each hand, 60 seconds of axle deadlifts and 60 seconds of Viking presses.

There was also a medley event, involving throwing two sandbags over a four-meter high bar then carrying two sandbags and loading them onto a platform, and holding a weight out in front for the longest time.

Eben came out on top in the axle deadlift with 13 reps in the allocated time, while Darren, who trains at the Arena gym.,was the winner of the front hold.

But their efforts weren’t quite enough to prevent Borderers strongman Hastie being crowned as the overall champion.

Gym owner Eben said that, despite the difficult circumstances, the event had proved a huge success and revealed that the gym had been given the go-ahead to host the championships again in 2021.

He said: “We would like to thank all of the athletes who competed and delivered their absolute best and for following all our guidelines surrounding the covid-19 rules.

“Also to our loading crew who worked tirelessly through the event to make sure all equipment was cleaned between athletes.

“It was great to achieve something made so difficult during these times.”

Arena Strength and Fitness would also like to thank all the competition sponsors, including Finnie 4x4, Hame Bakery, Cerberus Strength and BeeRelaxeD Sports Massage Therapy, for their support.