PAUL Wheeler came out on top during an impressive battle of brawn in Calderdale’s first Strongest Man competition.
About 600 people descended on Hipperholme Grammar School for the two-day competition organised by former student Laura Galley and her partner Lee Jones.
Competitors across different weight categories - 10-12 stone, 12-14, 14-16 and 16 plus - displayed their strength in the action-packed contest.
There was the crucifix hold, farmer’s walk, and overhead press as well as car deadlift and the infamous Atlas stones as the grand finale.
Paul was the winner of the 16-plus stone round and the competitor crowned Calderdale’s strongest man.
Stoneywood Motors supplied a truck for the truck pull round, which weighed 4.4 tonnes. For the weight categories over 12 stone, a Land Rover was put on the back of the truck to make it heavier.
Laura said it went really well. “We’re really please at how it’s gone. We had two referees who did the judging and the competition flowed from one event to another.
“In between each event we had performances from dance companies, martial arts, break dancers and things like that.
“The truck pull went down really well and the Atlas stones, at the finale.”
The day also included family fun with activities including a bouncy castle and rock-climbing wall.
Laura said she hoped the competition would become an annual event.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but we’re really pleased with how it’s gone.
“Everyone commented on how good it was and how well-organised.
“It’ll probably be a yearly thing.”