Suffolk man sets two world records for truck pulling at Britain’s Disabled Strongman exhibition event
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A man from Alpheton, near Sudbury, has set two world truck pulling records at an exhibition day for this year’s Britain’s Disabled Strongman competition.
Chris Rix, 32, who works at Tesco in Sudbury and trains at Zest gym in the town, set the records in the seated cerebral palsy class for pulling two and three trucks over a distance of 20 metres.
Mr Rix recorded a time of 30.62 seconds for pulling two trucks, followed by pulling three – with a total weight of around 20 tonnes – in 29.93 seconds.
It is the first time either had been achieved by a cerebral palsy athlete.
Mr Rix, a former Bury Bombers wheelchair basketball player, said: “I was advised to concentrate on the rope and not the trucks.
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“But I looked at the trucks when I was pulling two, so I missed the rope with one hand and that made for a slower time.”
His efforts were watched by by Arnar Már Jónsson, from Iceland, who founded disabled strongman competitions in 1996, and by Gary Clarke, who launched Britain’s Disabled Strongman competition four years ago.
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This year’s Britain’s Disabled Strongman is being held in Chard, Somerset, on May 12.