September 21, 2023 3 min read
Strongman competitions have captivated audiences worldwide for decades, showcasing incredible feats of strength, power, and determination. Over the years, the United Kingdom has produced some of the most formidable strongmen in the history of the sport. In this blog post, we will celebrate the 10 greatest British strongmen of all time, including iconic figures like Eddie Hall, the Stoltman brothers, and Andy Black, whose incredible displays of strength have earned them a place in the annals of strength sports history.
1. Eddie Hall
Eddie "The Beast" Hall, hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, is undoubtedly one of the most renowned British strongmen of all time. His crowning achievement came in 2017 when he became the World's Strongest Man, becoming the first Briton to win the title in over 20 years. Eddie is also famous for his record-breaking deadlift of 500 kg (1,102 lbs) in 2016, a feat that solidified his status as a strongman legend.
2. Tom Stoltman
Tom Stoltman, the younger of the Stoltman brothers, has made significant strides in the world of strongman. He won the World's Strongest Man title in 2021, becoming the first Scot to do so. Known for his raw power and athleticism, Tom Stoltman is a rising star in the sport.
3. Luke Stoltman
Luke Stoltman, Tom's older brother, has been a consistent presence in the strongman scene for several years. He finished as the runner-up in the 2021 World's Strongest Man competition, showcasing his immense strength and determination. The Stoltman brothers are a true testament to the strength of Scottish strongmen.
4. Andy Black
Our very own Andy Black, a towering figure in the British strongman community, has competed at the highest levels of the sport for years. His impressive strength and resilience have earned him a reputation as one of the top British strongmen of his generation and the backing of Factory Weights.
5. Geoff Capes
Geoff Capes, a legend in British strongman history, dominated the sport in the 1970s and 1980s. Capes won multiple World's Strongest Man titles, solidifying his status as one of the greatest British strongmen of all time.
6. Richard Slaney
Originally a discus thrower who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics, Slaney went on to become a strongman competitor and two-time Britain's Strongest Man as well as finishing second in European competition in 1980.
7. Terry Hollands
Terry Hollands, known for his imposing stature and immense strength, has been a fixture in the British strongman scene for years. He has consistently performed well on the international stage and remains a respected figure in the sport.
8. Mark Felix
Mark Felix is another British strongman known for his longevity in the sport. Despite his age, he continues to compete at a high level, showcasing his exceptional grip strength and determination.
9. Glenn Ross
Glenn Ross, a Northern Irish strongman, made a name for himself with his powerful performances in competitions like the World's Strongest Man and the Strongman Super Series. He is widely regarded as one of the strongest men in the UK.
10. Gavin Bilton
The Welsh Bull, Gavin Bilton, is one of the biggest men to ever compete in strongman - standing 6'6" and weighing in at a massive 215kg at his peak. The Bull won back to back Britain's Strongest Man titles in 2020 and 2021.
The United Kingdom has a rich history of producing some of the world's most formidable strongmen. From the likes of Eddie Hall and the Stoltman brothers to legends like Geoff Capes, these athletes have left an indelible mark on the world of strength sports. Their dedication, passion, and remarkable displays of strength have earned them a place among the greatest British strongmen of all time, inspiring future generations to push their limits and reach new heights in the world of strongman competitions.
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