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Alfie Poyser and Brooke Davey powered their way to glory in Koru Gym's annual strongman and strongwoman competitions in Bishop's Stortford



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Alfie Poyser and Brooke Davey powered their way to glory in Koru Gym's annual strongman and strongwoman competitions.

Poyser was the pick of 16 male competitors while Davey saw off four female rivals at the gym on the Peek Business Park in Woodside, Bishop's Stortford.

Deadlifts were first up as the entrants lifted one-and-a-half times their own bodyweight for as many reps as possible in a minute, with Imoh Adegbola and Serena Harrap winning with impressive results.

Men's champion Alfie Poyser with Keith Mullings. Picture: Emma Cox (56358445)
Men's champion Alfie Poyser with Keith Mullings. Picture: Emma Cox (56358445)

Then the athletes had to overhead press a log which weighed in at 85kg for the men and 45kg for the women.

The boys took on a 120kg Dinnie stone hold while the girls did a 10kg hammer hold before the competitors faced the Conan's wheel – loaded to 150kg and 100kg for the men and women respectively – as they attempted as many revolutions as possible before dropping it.

LandyCampers provided their top-of-the-range Land Rover Defender Camper for the next event as it got pulled and pushed over 20 metres.

Women's champion Brooke Davey with Keith Mullings. Picture: Emma Cox (56358450)
Women's champion Brooke Davey with Keith Mullings. Picture: Emma Cox (56358450)

A medley comprising an 80kg farmer's walk, 180kg yoke carry and 75kg sandbag over a 20m distance completed the action. One competitor fell at the very last minute to bring gasps from the assembled crowd, but he was absolutely fine.

Poyser was crowned men's champion ahead of Adegbola in second and third-placed Sam Richardson.

In the women's section, winner Davey finished ahead of runner-up Kirsty Dorman and Harrap in third.

The winners were presented with their prizes by Koru owner Keith Mullings, who was supported on the day by his son Jack. Referees Tom Sherwin and Josh Jeffery were the official adjudicators and Emma Cox the photographer.

Action from the competition. Picture: Emma Cox (56358460)
Action from the competition. Picture: Emma Cox (56358460)
Action from the competition. Picture: Emma Cox (56358458)
Action from the competition. Picture: Emma Cox (56358458)
The competitors in the Koru championships. Picture: Emma Cox (56358455)
The competitors in the Koru championships. Picture: Emma Cox (56358455)


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