70 men and women flex their muscles to compete for strongman title

Daily Echo: Competitors and spectators at Samson’s Strongest 2014, at Samsons Gym in Eastleigh. Competitors and spectators at Samson’s Strongest 2014, at Samsons Gym in Eastleigh.

PEOPLE came from far and wide to flex their muscles and be crowned Samson’s strongest.

Samson’s Gym in Eastleigh hosted a strongman competition which saw 70 men and women compete for the title.

More than 120 people attended the event, organised by Eastleigh gym member Julian Howard, 34, who is assistant director of the RBS corporate bank in Chandler's Ford.

Competitors came from as far as Norway, Ireland and Wales to put their muscles to the test in front of strongmen Terry Hollands and Rob Frampton, Hampshire’s up and coming strongman Aaron Page, champion powerlifter Daniella Scozzi and owner of Worthing gym Max Strength, Matt Szczereinski.

Men’s prizes were won by Joshua Morris in the under 90kg category, Damien Thomas in the over 90kg group and Chris Preston in the open, over 105kg competition.

Meanwhile, Nadia Cole scooped the prize for the women’s under 75kg group and Francesca Dale won the women’s open, over 75kg competition.

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2:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Julian Howard says...

This was a great day and from the feedback I received it was a real success!
I would like to thank everyone who came not only to compete but also to support the event and Samson's Gym where I train. I was shocked to have people coming from as far as Norway, wales and Ireland to compete which shows how far word had spread of the big day. I would like to thank Danny and Kirsty Harkins for letting me use the gym and also Aaron, Matt and Daniella for giving up their time to referee for the day. There were also lots of other people not mentioned who made up the support team so thankyou to Colin, Greg, Meg, Nathan, Les, Sam and anyone else who kept the day running as smoothly as possible. I hope this shows that anything is possible with a good idea and an Ipad :)
This was a great day and from the feedback I received it was a real success! I would like to thank everyone who came not only to compete but also to support the event and Samson's Gym where I train. I was shocked to have people coming from as far as Norway, wales and Ireland to compete which shows how far word had spread of the big day. I would like to thank Danny and Kirsty Harkins for letting me use the gym and also Aaron, Matt and Daniella for giving up their time to referee for the day. There were also lots of other people not mentioned who made up the support team so thankyou to Colin, Greg, Meg, Nathan, Les, Sam and anyone else who kept the day running as smoothly as possible. I hope this shows that anything is possible with a good idea and an Ipad :) Julian Howard
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