THREE strongmen are set to make the earth move in Moray when they take on a mighty tyre-flipping task as part of a ‘mad’ charity challenge.
Elgin powerhouse Martin Jancsics will be joined by two of the UK’s strongest men in a sponsored tyre flip in aid of Children in Need.
The titanic trio are up against a 350kg monster tyre used on earthmovers in the construction industry, which they must flip an incredible 500 times in five hours to complete their challenge.
Peterhead powerhouse Steve Evans and Kent-based man mountain James ‘Guvnor’ Cluskey, who both compete on the Strongman circuit across the continent, will help Martin (33) to try and complete the unique challenge in Elgin’s Cooper Park.
The trio even contacted Guinness to see if a world record could be achieved in Moray, but were disappointed to learn that such records are only recognised over distance, rather than the amount of flips.
“As far as I know this has never been attempted before,” said Martin.
“It is a mad challenge and will take a lot to finish.”
To complete a fabulous feat of strength and endurance the three men will each have to flip the 55-stone tyre ten times every six minutes and carry that on for a full five hours to reach the desired 500 mark.
The event takes place on Saturday, October 19 in the park, with stalls, car boot sale and other entertainment lined up as part of the day.
Martin, who is preparing to enter the UK Strongman circuit after completing a series of stone lifting challenges across Britain, is the novice of the team.
In contrast, Buchan bicep bulger Evans (44) has been a regular in Scottish and UK Strongman competitions and is supremely confident it will be mission accomplished in Moray when he leads the flip challenge.
“The tyre was used in Britain’s Strongest Man in 2007 so it’s got a lot of history,” Evans said.
“It’s a monster, a real beast.
“If we manage this, it’s going to be a feat I believe will never be equalled again. I don’t think anyone will even attempt it again – that’s how stupid we are, but I firmly believe we can do it.”
Evans revealed how the daily routine he carries out in order to compete as a strongman involves eating seven meals a day – an intake of up to 10,000 calories – drinking a gallon of water and training three to four hours a day, five days a week.
“When you compete in strongman, you push yourself to your absolute limits. You collapse, you get up and go again, you vomit and you get up and go once more.
“That is seriously what it is all about.
“I once broke two fingers doing the Allan Stones and pure adrenaline and rage got me through the event.
“I’ve seen guys rip muscles, pull biceps and just continue because you’re so hyped up you really don’t feel the pain at the time.”
Martin will take part in his first-ever strongman event in Watford in November, and is training himself up for the Scottish under-105 kg championships next June.
He hopes a successful charity event in Elgin next month will give him the springboard to launch his strongman career.
The October 19 tyre flip begins at 11am and Martin is looking for people to take stalls or car boot sale pitches on the day, free of charge, with donations accepted for the cause.
The team also hope to bring in audience participation events on the day, with prizes up for grabs.
Anyone keen to sponsor the tyre flip or hold stalls or car pitches can email email@example.com .