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STONE LIFTING CHALLENGES AND CONTESTS

The unique challenges are housed at the Grip Factory Gym in Stafford, England.
Updated 15 July 2014. If anyone wants to have an attempt at these challenges - please contact me.


STONE ROLLER (Weight 185.13k)

pictured 185.13k stone roller with myself

BEARHUG LIFT OFF THE FLOOR [scaled weight 185.13k]

Nick McKinless – stone + 24.7k [total = 209.83k] - 7 July, 2012 - English Stone Lifting Champs
David Horne - stone +22.5k added [total = 207.63k] - 30 June, 2012

BEARHUG LIFT OFF THE FLOOR FOR REPS [scaled weight 185.13k]

David Horne - 5 reps - 20 June, 2012

General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used.
Bare forearm only allowed for this lift.

 

 

 

 

 

David Horne

Nick McKinless


 

OVERHAND GRIP THE HANDLES DEADLIFT TO STANDING ERECT [scaled weight 185.13k]

Deadlift it to full standing position. Hold the bar ends in an overhand grip and stand fully erect till the down signal.

Nick McKinless +10.1k added [total = 195.23k] - 16 June, 2012.
Chris Lowe - 13 Apr, 2012.

General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used.

Chris Lowe - mid way through the lift.

Nick McKinless


 

120K STONE (Weight 119k)

PRESS ABOVE HEAD [scaled weight 119k]

Lift the stone from the floor and press it to arms length overhead.

Chris Lowe - 1 rep - 26 May, 2012.

General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used.

Chris Lowe



STONE WALK FOR DISTANCE [scaled weight 119k]

120k stone will be lifted and walked with. The weight cannot be put upon the shoulder and must be held with the hands at the front. The distance will be measured to the rear part of the stone when it is on the floor.

General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used.


 

STONE LIFTING CONTESTS

RESULTS

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.

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STONE OF STRENGTH AT CRICCIETH

Date:
13 June, 2013

Venue:
Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Wales.

Info from Les Wiltshire.
The Stone of Strength Challenge Day sponsored by AGRITRADER took place on Saturday 13th June 2013; the weather was fantastic, in stark contrast to last year’s wet event. All attempts were carried out under a marquee, this year to keep lifter and stone in the shade!

10 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:
Steve Burr: Level 1
Reuben Hughes: Level 1
Llion Evans Level 1
Tomas Edwards No Lift
Iestyn Jones No Lift
Dan Burr No Lift
Mathew Jones No Lift
Simon Johnston: Level 2
Graham Hicks Level 2
Jamie Redwood Level 1

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ENGLISH 'OPEN' STONE LIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Part of the Gathering event.
Saturday 7 July, 2012
Venue: Grip Factory, Stafford
Promoter: David Horne

Overall results
1. Nick McKinless – 2pt
2. Rob Russell – 5pt
3. David Horne – 5.5pt
4. Chris Lowe – 8.5pt
5. Stew Killick – 9pt
6. Mark Martin-Dye – 12.5pt
7. Pete Kerr - 14.5pt
8. Kris Wragg – 15pt
9. Elizabeth Horne – 16pt

Bodyweights/age
1. Nick McKinless – Male – c.105k – age 41
2. Rob Russell – Male – 140.55k – age 37
3. David Horne – Male – 101.55k – age 50
4. Chris Lowe – Male – 142.05k – age 26
5. Stew Killick – Male – 135.2k – age 41
6. Mark Martin-Dye – Male - 65.95k – age 35
7. Pete Kerr – Male - 81.9k – age 28
8. Kris Wragg – Male – 69.4k – age 27
9. Elizabeth Horne – Female – 78.95k – age 28

Event 1 - Bearhug Heavy Stone Deadlift (185.13k) in 60 secs
1. Nick McKinless – stone + 24.7k = 209.83k
2. David Horne – stone + 20.75k = 205.88k
3. Rob Russell + red bands – 11 reps
4. Stew Killick + red bands – 4 reps
5. Chris Lowe + red bands – 1 rep
6. Mark Martin-Dye + green and blue bands – 25 reps
7. Kris Wragg + green and blue bands – 21 reps
8. Pete Kerr + green and blue bands – 14 reps
9. Elizabeth Horne + green, blue and red bands – 2 reps

Event 2 - Load the Puterach replica stone on to a 3’ 7” loading platform, for reps in 90 secs.
1. Nick McKinless – 9 loads
2. Rob Russell – 7 loads
3. David Horne – 5 loads
3. Chris Lowe – 5 loads
5. Stew Killick – 3 loads
6. Mark Martin-Dye – 1 load
6. Pete Kerr – 1 load
8. Elizabeth Horne – Lift off the floor
9. Kris Wragg - NL

The Puterach replica stone was kindly brought to the event by Peter Martin from Scotland.

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STONE OF STRENGTH AT CRICCIETH

Date:
16 June, 2012

Venue:
Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Wales.

Info from Les Wiltshire.
Cracking day, weather a bit iffy, but all attempts were carried out under a marquee to keep lifter and stone dry.

15 lifters attempted the egg-shaped granite stone, which weighs 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 lifted in this order, their achievements are as follows:
Steve Burr: No lift
Liyr Hughes: Level 1
Philip Lloyd: No lift
Simon Johnston: Level 2
Gerard Matthews: No lift
Reuben Hughes: Level 1
Aaron Hughes: Level 1
Abner Hughes: Level 1
Daniel Hughes: Level 1
Abner Hughes Snr: No lift
Gwynant Roberts: Level 1
Dylan Humphries: No lift
Richard Watkins: Level 1
Llifon Johns: Level 1
Carwyn Jones: No lift

Fantastic level 2 (to the chest) lift from Simon Johnston, the only lifter to achieve a level 2 lift, and to pocket £100 as well, courtesy of sponsors AGRI TRADER
Aaron Hughes did manage to get the stone onto his lap, but no further.
Liyr Hughes, who managed a level 1 lift is only 17 years of age, while Abner Hughes Snr is 70 years old, he did however successfully lift the stone some 42 years ago, and that lift is documented. His sons, Rueben, Aaron, Abner and Daniel are obviously following in their father's footsteps.

The weather wasn't good, but we all had a fabulous day, great to see these tests of strength making a comeback, taking us right back to the roots of 'strongman'.

Rules:
General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used.

Info at website

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FUTURE EVENTS

GWYLMABSANT FESTIVAL, EFENECYTYD

Date:
Sunday 23 Sept, 2012

At the St. Michael's festival.
Throw a 101lb stone behind the head. Also a 'junior' stone will be there

Venue:
Gwylmabsant Festival, Efenecytyd, Wales

Start:
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Rules:
General rules for stone lifting
1. Treat the stone with respect.
2. No lifting aids, straps etc may be used.
3. No “Tacky” or sticky substances.
4. Chalk may be used

 

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