Published: 25/07/2014 11:09 - Updated: 25/07/2014 11:19

Strongmen unite for Moray charity event

THIS weekend will see Scottish strongmen throw their weight behind a charity ‘Powerfun Day’ being held in Elgin.

Powerfun Day organiser Martin Jancsics gives fiancee Karen Vass a lift to promote Sunday’s Cooper Park event, along with kettlebell instructor Graeme Wright who is sponsoring the event in aid of MFR Cash for Kids.
Powerfun Day organiser Martin Jancsics gives fiancee Karen Vass a lift to promote Sunday’s Cooper Park event, along with kettlebell instructor Graeme Wright who is sponsoring the event in aid of MFR Cash for Kids.

The event, organiser by Elgin-based powerlifter Martin Jancsics, takes place in the Cooper Park on Sunday between noon and 5pm.

Powerfun Day will raise cash for MFR Cash for Kids, which supports disadvantaged children across the North of Scotland.

Leading Scottish strongman Stuart Whyte, from Fort William, will be giving a power demonstration during the day, showing off his incredible lifting abilities.

Among the attractions on Sunday will be the Ardblair Stones, nine stones rising in weight up to the heaviest of 152 kg which have to be lifted on to whisky butts to a height of 52 inches. Spectators will be invites to lift the stone of their choice, and trophies will be given to the top five male and top three female amateur lifters.

A novice strongman contest will also be staged over five events. These will include 200kg reps, a 230 kg tyre flip and a ‘farmer’s walk’ with 105kg carried in each hand. The competition is open to first timers or anyone who has lifted up to novice level.

"We have 10 people competing from all over Scotland including Huntly, Fort William, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Oban, Motherwell and Inverness," Martin said.

"But it’s a family, fun day and the main aim is to raise money fro a great cause. There’s lots of sports demonstrations as well, and a great way for people to see different ways to keep fit."

Sponsor Graeme Wright, from Buckie-based Wright Fitness Kettlebells, will be giving fitness demonstrations throughout the day.

A range of stalls, a bouncy castle, birds of prey show, tug-o-war and kids’ entertainment will be on display, and DJ Scott Carlton’s karaoke disco will keep the music going all afternoon.

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