The British Finals were held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium today and there were 6 members from Suffolk Spartans competing which is the largest team we have managed to enter.
The day started well with Zoe Newson achieving a personal best a gold medal and a new British Record with a lift of 92kg. This secured Zoe as British Champion and based on formula the strongest woman competing in Britain.
With our next group we had Matt Baker and Nathaniel Wilding both competing in the under 65kg. While both have competed before they have both taken a break from the sport and only returned to training just over a month ago. Matt finished in second place with a lift of 63kg but was beaten by Nathaniel who had three successful lifts and secured a new British Record with his final lift of 108kg.
After a week of fighting talk the next group saw Chris Rix and Robert Hubert go head to head in the under 88kg class. Robert was taking part in his second competition and managed an increase of 15kg in his personal best in just 4 months to finish with 105kg. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to retain his British Record as Chris managed three successful lifts to secure a personal best of 117kg, first place and also a new British Record pushing Robert into second place.
The final member of Suffolk Spartans to take to the stage was Tony Woodbridge in the under 107kg class. In just his second competition he has moved from a third place finish to a second place in this event with a final lift of 140kg.
With this incredible day the Spartans members have managed to secure 3 second places, 3 first places and 3 new British Records. All will now be looking to train hard and prepare for the next competition which is likely to be a Spartans held competition in August.