Strongmen add strength to fundraiser

Sarah-Jane Milne from Friends of Anchor is held aloft before being presented with a cheque from local strongmen David Gray and Wullie Wright
Sarah-Jane Milne from Friends of Anchor is held aloft before being presented with a cheque from local strongmen David Gray and Wullie Wright

Scotland’s strongest men have put their weight behind a local charity’s fundraising campaign for a second year running.

Organisers of Fraserburgh’s StrongMan competition, Wullie Wright and David Gray, again chose Aberdeen-based charity Friends of Anchor to benefit from the £1,270 raised from the event, following the success of fundraising for the charity last year.

Murray Motors, title sponsors of the StrongMan competition, hosted the official cheque presentation.

Sarah-Jane Milne, fundraising manager at Friends of Anchor, said: “We are extremely grateful to Wullie and David for choosing Friends of Anchor to benefit from the tremendous sum of money raised from the event.

“The great thing is that every penny of the £1,270 raised from the StrongMan fundraising efforts will go directly to the cause as all our running and administration costs are fully covered by local company, Balmoral Group.”

Ten strongmen travelled from across Scotland, from as far as Fort William and Kirkcaldy, to take part in Fraserburgh’s StrongMan competition. There was also special guest appearances from two of Scotland’s strongest men, Ken Nowicki ranked in the top five in the country and Chris Innes (Aka. Goose) Scotland’s number one.

The group of mighty competitors embarked on a range of daring challenges including head press medleys, tyre flips, a ford fiesta lift with a 90kg weight added to it and a cumbersome chain drag. The pinnacle of the competition was the ‘Broch Tomb Stone’ which hadn’t been seen or lifted before. Weighing in at 27.5 stone, the stone was the same weight as those lifted by some of the world’s strongest men last year.

Chris Newlands of Aberdeen was crowned champion, with Wullie Morrison of Aberdeen in second, and third place going to Tristan Mann of Fort William.

Co-organiser Wullie Wright commented: “We are absolutely delighted with how successful the competition went again this year and the money we raised for Friends of Anchor. A lot of individuals and businesses in the Broch really got behind supporting the competition this year which we are really grateful for.”