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Tough guys use muscle power for a good cause
5:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Strongman competitor Andre Duffy, from Banbury, pulls a nine-ton truck
LIFTING vans, pulling trucks – these are some of the tough-guy challenges set to raise cash for charity tomorrow.
A dozen brawny gym fanatics will take part in the event at Elite Performance Fitness, in Tramway Road, Banbury.
Challenges include lifting the back of a Ford Transit van as many times as possible in a minute, pulling a truck and holding sledgehammers at arm’s length for as long as possible.
They will raise cash for Playbus, a double-decker bus that for the last 34 years has travelled around the county to provide play sessions for youngsters.
Organiser and gym owner Jacob Stevens, 27, said: “It would be good if it could become an annual event.
“Hopefully if this year is a success more people will want to get involved and it can grow.
Mr Stevens, who is also taking part, said: “It’s just a bit of fun and it’s something that I thought guys who come to our gym would want to do. It’s also raising money for a worthwhile charity.”
Banbury resident Andre Duffy said: “I am feeling quite excited as it is the first time I have done anything like this before.
“I like the idea of the proceeds going to charity and it’s good to see something like this happening.”
Mr Duffy, 28, said: “There’s a few of us who go to the gym taking part and I am looking forward to the friendly competition.”
Another competitor, 27-year-old Chris Jackson, said: “I’m feeling excited about it but I’m slightly nervous about how I’ll actually do on the day.”
The Bodicote personal trainer said: “I’ve still been doing my usual weight training four or five times a week, with a few added extra bits to try and mimic the events that will take place on the day, like tyre flips.
The 2pm to 6pm event will include live music and a bouncy castle.
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