Morecambe strongman lifts British record to share world title

Graham Hicks in action during the World Log Press Championships.
Graham Hicks in action during the World Log Press Championships.

Morecambe’s premier muscle man can now add a world title to his collection.

Graham Hicks lifted a British record 211kg to share to the World Log Press Championships title with Eddie Hall and Žydrūnas Savickas at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday.

The event marked the first event of Britain’s Strongest Man with the BAE Systems design engineer later forced to pull out due to injury.

But it can take nothing away from the latest achievement of a remarkable five years in the sport.

The three times World’s Strongest Man competitor said: “I had hardly trained due to a few injuries and even had a good go at 220 but it wasn’t to be.

“I locked out on it but lost my balance.

“Savickas has the world record at 227 but there’s only us three (with Hall) in the world that have gone over 210.

“It’s up there with the other things I’ve achieved in strongman.

“It’s a bread and butter strongman event and guys came over from America and Poland to compete.

“It’s definitely one of my proudest moments.

“Nobody can ever take that away from me now.”

Hicks admitted he was disappointed to have to pull out of the event but the 29-year-old had his prospects at World’s Strongest Man in Putrajaya, Malaysia, from April 19 to 26 to consider.

He said: “I was a bit gutted I had to pull out but my body was in bits.

“I’ve got the worlds in nine weeks to think about so I had to be sensible.

“I think I’ll be able to lift even more than I did on Saturday when I’m fit.

“I surprised myself given the amount of training I’d been able to do.”

Hall, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, went on to win Britain’s strongest Man for the second year in a row.

The 27-year-old won four of the events and came second in two to further enhance his growing reputation.