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Ross-shire brothers have sights set on Britain's Strongest Man title


By Louise Glen

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Tom and Luke Stoltman at their gym in Invergordon. Picture: Callum Mackay/HNM.
Tom and Luke Stoltman at their gym in Invergordon. Picture: Callum Mackay/HNM.

TWO super strong Ross brothers are set to pit their mettle against some of the best in the business once again when they tackle Britain’s Strongest Man competition this weekend.

After a superb start to 2020, the power house team of Tom (25) and Luke (35) go head-to-head this weekend at Giants Live in Sheffield in a bid to lift Britain’s Strongest Man title.

It comes after the Highlanders gained huge exposure when last year’s World’s Strongest Man event was shown on Channel 5 over the festive period. They made history by becoming the first brothers to reach the final of the event when they each qualified through heats for the first time.

Tom won one of the events in the final and came fifth overall, while Luke finished seventh.

The competition is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested, after reigning champion Graham Hicks deciding not to defend his title. 12 men are all set to take on five gruelling challenges including hoisting giant logs and lifting atlas stones at the Fly DSA arena

But as Tom, from Invergordon, reveals his biggest threat is from none other than his very own older brother.

He said: “My biggest competition at Britain’s Strongest Man is 100 per cent Luke my brother.

Tom, who is a brand ambassador along with his brother for Mirafit, continued: “I think getting on the podium is going be my biggest challenge in 2020 and trying to keep myself in top condition all year.

“This year I want to win strongman competitions and break records in the events I compete in, and I really want to get onto the podium at World’s Strongest Man.

“The field of athletes is very strong this year, but I believe myself or Luke will be taking that crown home.”

Tom says that this year the training regime has been setting the bar higher than ever, he said: “We came to train with the Eddie Hall a former professional Strongman, World Strongest Man winner in 2017 and current dead lift world record holder for lifting 500kg, for a week this week.

“This will help us big time. We are getting tips and seeing how much he dedicated himself to the sport shows what we have to do to take home the title. In the build-up to big competitions such as Britain’s Strongest Man, my recovery will be increased drastically and my food intake.”

Luke, who still works full time, said he is hoping to dedicate more time to honing his muscles, he said: “During 2020 I will be trying to become more full time as I currently work six days a week 7am-5pm, and then train in the evenings. Also, another big challenge is pushing on in the world competitions.”

Saying his biggest threats in the competition were from his brother Tom, ,Englishman Adam Bishop and 22-year-old Luke Richardson “and everyone that is competing”. He continued: “Everyone is capable of winning it this year.”

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