Powerhouses flex their muscles at Norfolk's Strongest Man competition

The carry and drag event taking place at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition at Big Andy's gym

The carry and drag event taking place at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition at Big Andy's Gym in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden

A selection of the county's most imposing powerhouses came together over the weekend to compete in Norfolk's Strongest Man. 

The stage was set on Sunday (July 10) morning as sixteen participants from across the area gathered at Big Andy's Gym in Dereham.

The carry and drag event taking place at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition at Big Andy's gym

The carry and drag event taking place at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition at Big Andy's Gym in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden

They took on events including a wooden log press, a six-stone run and, in true World's Strongest Man style, a vehicle deadlift.

In the under-105kg category, it was Leeroi Smith - recently named as England's Strongest Man - who came out on top.

Gym owner Andy Clarke watches on during Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 at Big Andy's Gym

Gym owner Andy Clarke watches on during Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 at Big Andy's Gym - Credit: Danielle Booden

Rob Sanewski saw off the rest of the field to triumph in the open competition. 

Both train at Big Andy's Gym and are trained by its owner, Andy Clarke. 

"It was fantastic and everyone was so impressed," said Mr Clarke.

Andy Clarke, owner of Big Andy's Gym and organiser of Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022

Andy Clarke, owner of Big Andy's Gym and organiser of Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 - Credit: Danielle Booden

"A lot of the competitors have been to England qualifiers and said they have not been run as well as this - and that's because the whole gym got involved. 

"I have been to a lot of rubbish competitions over the years and I was determined to avoid that."

Contestants and event helpers/organisers at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022

Contestants and event helpers/organisers at Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 - Credit: Danielle Booden

Spectators enjoying watching Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022

Spectators enjoying watching Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 - Credit: Danielle Booden

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden

The trophies for the Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition

The trophies for the Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 competition - Credit: Danielle Booden

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022, held in Dereham

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022, held in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham

A scene from Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden

Spectators enjoying watching Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham

Spectators enjoying watching Norfolk's Strongest Man 2022 in Dereham - Credit: Danielle Booden