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Criccieth Stone of Strength Challenge Day 2014

PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:36 am
by David Horne
Les Wiltshire photo of one of my lifts of the 177.5k Criccieth stone.

Stone of Strength Challenge Day.
I lifted the 177.5k Criccieth stone six times to just under knees, attaining a level 1 lift, and lovely trophy.

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STONE OF STRENGTH AT CRICCIETH

Date: 12 July, 2014
Venue: Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Wales.

Info from Les Wiltshire.
The Stone of Strength Challenge Day sponsored by AGRITRADER took place on Saturday 12th July 2014; the weather was great, with a little rain moving in just as we finished the contest. All attempts were carried out under a marquee to ensure ...the event ran smoothly, whatever the weather.

13 lifters attempted the natural ‘egg-shaped’ granite feat stone, which officially weighs in at 177.5 kgs.

There are 3 levels of lift:
Level 1: Break the ground
Level 2: To the chest
Level 3: To the shoulder

The contenders and their achievements were as follows:
Llyr Hughes Level 1
Dafydd Jones Level 1
Morris Williams No Lift
Simon Johnston: Level 2
Tim Willsdon Level 1
Les Wiltshire No Lift
Steve Burr: Level 1
Dave Ward Level 1
David Horne Level 1
Gareth Hughes Level 1
Cassie Wiltshire No Lift
Reuben Hughes: Level 1
Rob Bithell Level 1

As well as the usual local lifters, we were joined again this year by Simon Johnston, the reigning Wales Strongest Man who travelled from Rhyl to compete, with strongmen Dave Ward, Tim Willsdon and Rob Bithell also taking up the challenge.
“World of Grip’s” David Horne was also present, not only to attempt the stone lift, but to bring some grip contests to the event, and for the first time a female attempt was made by Cassie Wiltshire.

Chris Davies of AGRITRADER again offered £1000 to the first person to lift this stone to the shoulder and £100 to the first 5 people to perform a level 2, to the chest lift. Simon Johnston was the only person to achieve Level 2, however no one managed to perform a Level 3 lift.

David Horne’s grip events generated great interest, both in the encouraging audience and the athletes. Reuben Hughes broke 2 world records in the 93 kg and 105 kg bodyweight categories. Les Wiltshire took the World Masters record for the Half a Penny Hold and two Masters titles in the Shallow Hub Hold.

Tim Willsdon, Steve Burr, Dan Burr and Rob Griffiths all claimed World record titles in the Shallow Hub hold for their respective bodyweight categories.

Re: Criccieth Stone of Strength Challenge Day 2014

PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:37 am
by David Horne
Five of my lifts with the 177.5k Criccieth Stone of Strength July 12 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cACqGJ3 ... e=youtu.be

Re: Criccieth Stone of Strength Challenge Day 2014

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:16 am
by james grahame
Well done David. Excellent lifts.

Re: Criccieth Stone of Strength Challenge Day 2014

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:19 pm
by Christoph Koch
Nice!
That stone looks really awkward to lift.

Does the Criccieth Stone have a illustrious history?

Re: Criccieth Stone of Strength Challenge Day 2014

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:51 pm
by David Horne
Yes it is, a big smooth egg-shaped stone. No real gripping areas too.
Yes it does have a long history of being a strength test.

Christoph Koch wrote:Nice!
That stone looks really awkward to lift.

Does the Criccieth Stone have a illustrious history?