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Disabled athletes set new world records at Brands Hatch

Wednesday, January 17 2018

Some of the UK's top disabled strongmen set an amazing FIVE new world records at Brands Hatch today for pulling up to four trucks in tandem on the Grand Prix track.

Nine athletes with disabilities including spinal injury, missing limbs and cerebral palsy, were at the Kent circuit with Arnar Már Jónsson, founder of the World's Strongest Disabled Man contest, to attempt to pull trucks in tandem with a total weight of more than 20 tonnes.

Among them were Greg Bramwell, a current title holder in the World's Strongest Disabled Man contest, and Invictus Games regular Martin Tye, a former serviceman who was injured in Afghanistan.

Athletes pulled two, three or four trucks simultaneously using seated or standing techniques depending on their disability, covering a distance of 20 metres marked out on the track. Michael Bishop, runner-up in World's Strongest Disabled Man, set records in two categories.

Arnar, who created the contest in Iceland in 2002, said: "It was an amazing day. Unbelievable. When I started this so many years ago I never believed I would be at a race track watching these guys pulling these all trucks. And we put more and more trucks, and they pulled them. I think we are out of trucks to pull!"

The record attempt was a warm-up for a strongest disabled man qualification heat, which will take place at Brands Hatch on Monday 2 April during the British Truck Racing Championship. Athletes will compete in several disciplines as well as truck pulling, including log lift, giant dumbbell and Hercules hold.

Arnar said: "In April it's going to be a much bigger competition, it's going to be fantastic."

The records set were:

Two trucks: Mark Smith 24.35 seconds (seated), twice Britain's Strongest Disabled Man title holder, ex-serviceman shot in Canada

Three trucks: Michael Bishop 18.05 seconds (standing), 2nd strongest disabled man in the world, suffers from brain condition ataxia

Darren Greenfield 22.4 seconds (seated), top three in all strongman competitions entered, amputee

Four trucks: Michael Bishop 27.4 seconds (standing)

Martin Tye 26.42 (seated), 2nd in 2017 World's Strongest Disabled Man, Invictus Games regular, ex-serviceman, injured in Afghanistan

Tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April, featuring the strongest disabled man qualification heat, are available online in advance here. For more information or to book by phone, call 0843 453 9000

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