Eddie "The Beast" Hall has earned his nickname pushing his 31 stone, 6ft 3” body to the absolute limit of human possibilities in his mission to become the greatest strongman on the planet.
At the Britain's Strongest Man contest on Saturday 28 January 2017, Hall took another earth-shuddering step into the history books, taking his fourth BSM title in a row and eclipsing all British strength stars who have come before him—including 1980's hero of strongman, Geoff Capes, who has himself tipped Eddie to be the next World's Strongest Man.
Showman of Strength
Eddie has become known for his superhuman strength and unrelenting tenacity in his quest to bring the World's Strongest Man trophy back to Britain (a title Britain hasn't won since 1993 when prison warden, Gary Taylor from Wales, beat Iceland's Magnus Ver Magnusson to take the title).
Hall has also earned a deserving reputation as the ‘showman of the strength world'.
Let's face it, when you sport a 26” neck, can deadlift 500 kilos and boast a podium place at last year's World's Strongest Man, you can get away with some fairly outlandish claims and behaviour.
Hall didn't disappoint the growing army of Beast-fans at this year's Britain's Strongest Man contest. The Stoke-on-Trent Man-Mountain certainly got the sold-out crowd revved up at the Doncaster Dome with a spectacle of strength feats and a good measure of Evel Knievel-style entertainment to boot.
Eddie keeps the World Records coming
After his historic half-tonne deadlift last year, you'd think the undisputed King of the Deadlift would have nothing left to prove when it comes to lifting a bar from the ground.
But Hall incredibly managed to pull off yet another World Record in the Deadlift event. This time it was for reps.
The bar was set to 350kg (around 55 stone)—a weight that was the World Record for one repetition as recently as the 1970s. The Beast hoisted it nine times in under a minute, stopping with plenty of time for a cheeky wave to the crowd.
A final showdown on the stones with Shahlaei, who put up an incredible performance to take second place, showed that Hall, despite his 63” chest and no hint of racing snake hips, is still lightning fast in what is considered a speed event at this level of strength competition.
A final show of horsepower
Eddie's final show of horsepower had the Donnie Dome's Health and Safety officer quacking in his steel toe capped boots…
The Muscle Man took his prize—a 1400cc motorbike—for a quick spin around the arena before scooping up his daughter on the back of the saddle and heading out the exit bay to pull off a full-on wheel spin that burnt out the back tyre on his new toy, so much so that the fire alarm system had to be disabled.
Once the smoke cleared, the podium saw Hall flanked by Shahlaei of Swindon in second and Morecambe's Graham Hicks in his return to competition in third. Scotland's finest—Luke Stoltman— just missed out on the podium but achieved his finest ever finish at the British champs.
Full results of Britain's Strongest Man 2017, as well as results for each event, are set out above.
Revving up for World's Strongest Man
The next World's Strongest Man qualifier will be the Europe's Strongest Man contest which takes place on 1st April at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Last year, Hall pulled out of the competition after performing his famous 500kg deadlift in the first event. This year, he promises faithful fans that he is not only taking part in every event, but he is in it for the crown.
Standing in his way is Europe's reigning Strongest Man, Laurence Shahlaei, who shocked spectators last year with his miraculous career comeback from injury and is determined to defend his title.
Casting a mighty big shadow is also "The Mountain" himself, the actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson from the hit TV series Game of Thrones, who has his own mission—to reclaim his European Strongman Crown. The Colossal Icelander stands at nearly 7 foot and boasts a 10,000 calorie a day diet—he is one man Hall may have trouble with in his quest for European and World glory in 2017.
Can Big Loz retain his title? Will “The Mountain” beat the Beast of Britain?
Come and see the live show to find out first hand! Tickets are still available but selling fast. Don't miss out on your spot to watch strongman history being made!