BRITISH UNEQUIPPED CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010
This years Championships were held at the well appointed Bournemouth University Sport and Recreation Centre .The entry was excellent with well over 100 competitors challenging for National titles in the various age and gender groups. Saturdays programme included all the ladies and men up to and including the 82.5kg classes.
Many of the Ladies impressed, but the stand out lifters included Louise Fox (55.5kg) with a 335kg total, Louise Watton (63kgJunior) making 370kg look easy and the amazing former International Track and Field star Mary Anderson who was again well over 400kg in the 80kg class.
Amongst the men several close battles took place in the Open category.
T1 60kg lifter Mark Green from the Reading Gym run by Ken Smith was a revelation setting three world records and totalling 392.5kg.
The 67.5kg lifters fought out a tense dual with the 4 leading lifters close throughout with T3 Alistair Cannings pipping Steve Tyers (J) and Paul Richards with 497.5kg.
Mark Fleming was excellent with close to a 600kg total taking the 75kg class from Oliver Hardy by some margin. Terrence Minty T3 continues to progress nicely and came third in this class.
Paul Macaffrey went over 400 points with an excellent 647.5kg total in the 82.5kg class. His squat of 255kg was something very special. Craig Cutler T3 achieved 572.5kg and looks very good for the future of our sport. With 17 competing in the 75kg class and 13 in the 82.5kg class there was no shortage of competition and many records were set.
The programme ran on time thanks to the officials and in particular Andy Green from the Terry Morris gym who led the Bournemouth spotting team brilliantly. A good first day.
DAY TWO SUNDAY
Day two of the Championships started at the crack of dawn with the loss of one hours sleep for everyone as the clocks changed.
The 90kg class line-up was really superb with previous champions lined up for battle. With Messers Bonner , Tosh, Harrison, Lowe and Minty leading 18 competitors in this weight class this was a contest to behold.
After the Squat and Bench everything was very close with the top five contenders all between 370kg and 400kg at the sub total stage. Andy Bonner pulled a good 277.5 to lead the deadlift and win the open class. The excellent Henry Tosh and Colin Harrison came second and third and led home a quality field.
The 100KG Class was again full of talent with the first eight going over 600kg. Phil Nosko led the way and looked the business totalling 675kg on his comeback to national competition. Steve Sprange was second and three juniors featured strongly, Adam Kershaw, Brett Le Gras and Liam Allison. All look good for major senior honours in the future.
Master lifters John Mitchell(720 total) and Paul Hooker(695 total) came first and second respectively in the 110kg weight class, both producing very strong numbers and many international records. This was another full class with 14 lifting.
Peter Sutton produced another massive total (750kg) in the 125kg class. When l first witnessed this athlete lifting in Llanelli many years ago l was very impressed by not only his lifting but also in the modest manner in which he went about business. Good to see Stuart Ainsley and Les Pilling taking second and third place in the open category. Josh Rushton (T2) produced a superb total of 597.5kg , setting numerous world T2 records. His progress during the next couple of years should be worth watching.
In the 145kg class, Tom Kelly(760) and Luke Andrews(645) completed the weekends lifting in style.
May I express a big thank you to Sharon, Mark, George and Rick for their support and hard work throughout the Championships. The spotters did a particularly good job led by Andy.
Our referees put so many hours into this essential task to ensure fair play (sometimes with little thanks) The most important people.
THE LIFTERS did a great job and provided so much quality over the weekend and deserve great praise.
All members of the Bournemouth Weightlifting and Powersports Club enjoyed hosting this event at the University and wish to thank everyone involved, including the crowd of spectators, for a thoroughly entertaining and exciting weekends Powerlifting.
Report by Paul Rees