Meet the Scunthorpe man who's been named the UK's strongest police officer

A Scunthorpe man has lifted the trophy for the UK’s strongest police officer – and quite a lot else besides! Tom Marshall won his category in the competition, which saw him hauling a ten-tonne truck and other feats of strength that would turn most people’s arms to jelly. The crime officer, who joined the force last June, was encouraged to enter by his work mates.

He said: “I’d been doing strongman events for two years, and people were telling me I had to enter this for the local police. “I’d never won a competition before – the best I’d done was fifth at North Lincolnshire’s Strongest Man.” The competition was held in South Hykeham near Lincoln, with both male and female officers from across the country competing for the title.

The standards were high as 47 officers from forces across the country competed to be named the UK’s strongest police officer

“The standards were very high.

There were 47 competitors from all over the UK,” Tom said. “I was in the under 105kg category, and even those guys were really big.” The gruelling events that participants competed in included pulling a ten tonne truck 20 meters using a rope and harness, an overhead medley of lifting axel bars, logs and Olympic bars over the head and an axel bar deadlift with two 50kg weights.

Other events saw competitors running with a weighted frame known as a yoke for 15 metres, then a farmer’s walk, carrying additional weights, for another 15 metres.  Lifting Atlas stones in ascending weight also formed part of the contest.

Meet the Scunthorpe man who's been named the UK's strongest police officerTom Marshall has been competing in strongmen events for two years

Tom said: “The toughest event was the truck pull, as it was very difficult to practice it. I managed to pull it the full 20 metres in about 21 seconds. “I came first in the axel bar deadlift, the yoke and the overhead medley, but it was very close.

“Me and another guy were coming first and second in all of the events. We tried to figure out who was winning but it wasn’t until the results were announced at the end that I found out I’d come first – by just one point as well! “It was very emotional to win because it’s something I’m passionate about it.

It’s only a hobby, but I’ve put a lot of time and effort in. To win something like this is a great honour.

Meet the Scunthorpe man who's been named the UK's strongest police officerThe deadlift with two 50kg weights

Tom received a round of applause from his Humberside Police[1] colleagues when he returned back to work the day after, along with a trophy to mark his achievements. He lives in Scunthorpe[2] and works in Hessle as a crime officer dealing with 999 calls.

He even relaxed his strict diet for a few days. Tom said: “Normally I have to be very careful what I eat so that I get 4,000 calories a day in but don’t weigh more than 17 stone. That requires me to eat a lot of protein and vitamin-rich food like red meat, oranges, fruit and vegetables.

Quite a few of my meals are mince and rice. “I celebrated after my win though, and ate what I wanted for a week!”.

Meet the Scunthorpe man who's been named the UK's strongest police officerTom was named the UK’s Strongest Police Officer in his category  

“It was also rewarding to raise over GBP1,000 for Mind, the mental health charity that the competition was supporting. We work closely with them in the police force and see what a fantastic job they do.”

However, it will soon be back to the gym for Tom as he eyes up his next competition. When he’s in training for an event, he can be found there five days a week, for a total of eight to 10 hours. And one event that will certainly be in his diary is next year’s UK’s Strongest Police Officer competition.

He said: “I will definitively be going to next year’s competition – I can’t not defend my title!”

 

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  1. ^ Humberside Police (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
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