The Citroen Vans Trophy for Britain’s Strongest Man 2003 has been won by Richard Gosling after a closely fought final in Scarborough. The 29 year old won the hotly contested 10-man final in great style, clinching victory with an impressive display in all seven events, showing speed, endurance, stamina and above all awesome strength.
An estimated 5 million viewers tuned into BBC1 on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August, to watch an enthralling contest for the Citroen Vans Trophy, which included pulling a 10 tonne bus and lifting 150kg weights overhead. In the end Richard Gosling, a first time finalist, was just too good for three times ex-champion Glenn Ross and last year’s runner-up Gregor Edmunds.
While his rivals won some events and lost ground in others, Richard was happy with three 2nd places in the first three events before literally running away with the ‘Farmers Walk’, which involved carrying two 120 kg anvils. By the time Richard burst across the finishing line in the Motorcycle Walk, carrying two 600cc motorcycles 20 metres in 23.28 seconds, the destiny of the Citroen Vans Trophy was decided.
"I’ve done Strongman before, but I’m delighted to have achieved the ultimate title and be Britain’s Strongest Man", said Richard. His reward, the Citroen Vans Trophy, was presented by Marc Raven, Citroen UK’s Director of Public Affairs.
In addition to the Citroen Vans Trophy, as Britain’s Strongest Man, Richard will also take delivery of a New Look Citroen Berlingo Multispace 2.0HDi for a year. The arctic steel MPV will be the ideal car for carrying Britain’s Strongest Man, his family and his week’s shopping!Published 26 August 2003