ILMINSTER strongman Gary Clarke is gearing up for a couple of big competitions with several local demonstration events and a lot of hard training.

Clarke, the UK’s first disabled strongman, founded Britain’s Disabled Strongman competition and has participated several international events.

He will be in Germany next month, as a guest at Germany’s Strongest Disabled Man event.

Then, on September 3, he will take part in the World Championship event which is being held at London’s Olympic Park.

In preparation for these, Clarke – who has cerebral palsy – took on a truck pull at the ‘Ilminster Experience’ in his hometown, as well as a demo in Crewkerne.

This was one of several demos he does around the country, as part of his key role in continuing to build the disabled strongman scene in the UK.

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TRAINING: Gary Clarke.

Clarke said that the fundamentals of his preparation were to eat, sleep and train – doing the latter four times a week at Phoenix Fitness in Chard.

He added that he wished to thank Simon Lunn, of Phoenix Fitness, for all his help and support in him achieving his goals.