Laurencekirk’s Paul Benton recently travelled to Stoke-on-Trent where he took part in the World’s Strongest Team competition.
Paul captained the Scottish Bravehearts along with partner Zake Muluzi against two other amateur teams and eight professional teams.
Other teams competing included the English Saxons, made up of professional strongmen Eddie Hall and Mark Felix, as well as the Welsh Druids and Irish Celts - the other amatures.
The head referee for the competition was four times World’s Strongest Man winner Zydrunas Savickas.
The Bravehearts finished as the best of the amateurs and came close to climbing above one of the professional sides in the final rankings.
Some of the hightlights for the pair included coming second in the arm over arm (pulling four cars attached to a tug of war rope with arms), missing out on first by half a second. They also managed 300kg tandem log for reps and tandem deadlifted 700kg.
Benton, 26, runs The Asylum Gym along with his fiancée Kellie Duncan - who also competes in Strongwoman competitions.
His next challenge will be at the Scottish finals in three weeks time where he is hoping to finish in the top three places, securing a spot in UK Strongest Man competition.
“The Strongest Team was definitely the biggest competition I’ve competed in so far.” Said Paul.
“I’m now looking ahead to the Scottish finals and qualifying for the UK’s Strongest Man.
“I managed this last year in my first attempt so hopefully I can do it again. I’d like to thank my sponsors: Cerberus Strength, Bell’s Butcher and Home Energy & Control.”