Five’s exclusive coverage of the ever-popular strength-athletics contest continues, as the most powerful men from across the UK gather to compete for the title of Britain’s Strongest Man. In this week’s programme, competitors face the second qualifying round, with events including barrel loading and the keg toss.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, this year sees the athletes return to Minehead, on Somerset’s northern coast. The action is presented by Martin Bayfield, with commentary from Nick Halling and Colin Bryce.

Among the events taking place on the seafront in this year’s contest are the tyre flip, the farmer’s walk, the chain drag, the squat lift, the log press, barrel loading and the Atlas stones. Two exciting new events have also been introduced: the train pull, in which contestants must pull steam trains at West Somerset Railway’s Minehead station; and the controversial wrestling event, in which athletes go head-to-head in the ring. Contenders to look out for this year include Albanian-born Jimmy Marku of Harrow; Laurence ‘Loz’ Shahlaei; 21-stone strongman veteran Mark Felix, formerly of Grenada; and popular Kent-based giant Terry Hollands, who won the title in 2005 and 2007.

Standing at 6’7” tall and weighing some 28 stone, Hollands credits his success to spending every waking moment training. He eats two litres of porridge for breakfast, can consume five chicken breasts a day and has a daily intake of around 7,000 calories. Hollands explains that the worst thing about his sport is breaking his bed on a regular basis. And his advice to would-be strongmen? “Train hard and eat big!”

The action continues on the beach this week with the second of three days of qualifying before the finals. The events taking place include the keg toss, barrel loading and wrestling.

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