Spartan Raw powerlifting competition.

Spartan is based on Number One Industrial Estate in Consett in a 10,000 square feet facility with modern ‘state of the art’ fitness equipment and highly trained staff.  They have decided this year to launch Spartan Raw, a national level powerlifting competition in our local community. Thus, opening the sport to all residents and fitness enthusiasts. Such events have historically been held further afield and have barriers to enter –federation membership, entry fees and specialist equipment/coaching.  Spartan Raw looks to remove those barriers, encourage participation and provide excellent facilities, coaching and equipment for all. 
 
John O’Connor, Chairman of Project Genesis Trust, presented Jack Lovett of Spartan with a cheque for £500 and said ” Project Genesis Trust is delighted to support Spartan Raw and the huge crowd and the quality of the competitors shows how Spartan encourages people to have a fitter and healthier lifestyle.
 
 
I was particularly impressed by Amy Kirton, a paramedic, who explained how Spartan had improved her physical and mental well being and at the time of Covid that is a very special gift.” As Amy Kirton said Spartan is a family that has made her feel welcome and pushed her do do things she never felt were possible.
 
 
There was an excellent mixture of male and female lifters. Great crowd too. The inaugural Spartan Raw was a huge success and they plan to make this an an annual event and their aim is to make the event even bigger next year and encourage more locals to participate and benefit from strength training.  .  Competitors came from around the UK and it also allowed local competitors to showcase their skills. 
 

Overall Female Champion was 27 year old Jessica Patterson of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She lifted an incredible 112.5kg Squat, 65kg bench and 147.5kg deadlift at only 55kg bodyweight! 
 

Overall Male Champion was Consett’s  own 24 year old Rob Spence. He lifted an immense 372.5kg Squat, 220kg Bench and 370kg deadlift. These are truly world class numbers. In only his 2nd powerlifting meet he is up there with the very best.