Following the success of last year’s British Masters Powerlifting Championships at Hyndburn Sports Centre in Accrington the contest returns there on April 10 to 11 for what is set to be an even bigger and better event.
The Masters event is for competitors over the age of 40, there are separate classes for each decade and amazingly there is one lifter, George Leggett, who is now actually 80 and still competes and he has give plenty of so called ‘muscle men’ a run for their money.
North West Powerlifting secretary Bryn Evans said: "We were delighted when we were asked to host the national championships again, Hyndburn Sports Centre is ideal for our needs."
Powerlifting has grown steadily this last few years in the region. It’s a sport that is accessible to most people who workout regularly in a gym and there’s a class for all ages, genders and bodyweights.
It’s the ultimate test of strength on the squat, bench press and deadlift. Rishton strongman Mark Felix recently made his competitive debut at the sport and is set to lift in further events this year.
The weekend will see about 70 lifters from around the country competing, Saturday will be the 50 to 80 year age classes while Sunday will be the 40 to 49 year class. Spectators are welcome with only a £5 admission charge and accompanied U16s are free.