Well it may have been quiet for a while with competitions but this weekend has made up for that. On Saturday 3rd October we had four members of the Spartans travel up to Stockport for the BWL competition.
Out first in the heavyweight men was Chris and Rob both got two out of three lifts and Chris finished on 130kg which equalled his PB earlier this year while Rob managed a 115kg which represents a 5kg increase on his PB from June of this year.
Zoe lifted in the lightweight women and topped the group with an impressive 95kg and this set a new British Record in the process. Despite managing this in GBPF comps this is a 3kg increase on her PB when lifting on a Paralympic bench.
Last of the day was Nathaniel who despite a missed second lift because of a referee decision came out to repeat it and secure 145kg second time round. This could have had serious consequences as it meant Nathaniel didn’t have the luxury of a fourth lift in this competition however it turned out he didn’t need as he secured 3rd place in the lightweight men’s group behind Ali Jawad and Mickey Yule and although Ollie Brown lifted 1kg more with his fourth lift this wasn’t enough to overtake Nathaniel as it was a formula based competition. This also was a massive 37kg more than his last competition. Nathaniel is now hoping that this performance and a third place in this selection event will be enough to get him a place at the Europeans later this year.
On 4th October we travelled slightly less far to the East Midlands Bench Press Competition at Hamiltons Gym in Colchester. He were saw Adam perform as always and secure 1st place with a 142.5kg bench press and then we had relative newcomer to the Spartans Robert Brennan compete in his first competition after just a couple of months with Suffolk Spartans and complete a 130kg. This will become a new East Midlands Bench Press record so fantastic achievement for a first competition. Both Adam and Rob failed a lift keeping with the consistency of the others the day before and showing that two out of three ain’t bad but we’ll be in training next week to improve on these performances and next time it’ll be white lights all the way.