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Eddy Hall wins England's Strongest Man 2010 contest
Eddie Hall
Eddy Hall's best event was the truck-pull

Eddy Hall, who was only entering the contest for the first time, is the 2010 winner of the England's Strongest Man contest.

The body-builder from Newcastle-under-Lyme was crowned after this year's events in Teeside.

Eddy qualifies for the UK championships, but says he's now aiming for the ultimate - the world title.

He entered at the advice of a fellow Staffordshire competitor, Dave Meer of Tamworth.

Among the events at the England championships, which is organised by Elite Strongman, were barrel-lifting, the log-lift and the truck-pull.

In his most successful event, Eddy Hall dragged a 28-tonne truck over a distance of 25 metres in less than 30 seconds.

Photographers were on hand to capture his success. As he powered through the events to come half a point clear at the top of the table.

Iceman camp

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, he revealed that he was only persuaded to take part after being phoned by his friend Dave Meer.

Dave Meer had to drop out of the competition because of injury.

Eddy said however that he felt qualified to enter, especially after having done a strongman's camp at the Iceman gym in Stoke-on-Trent.

He's well-known in the city, where his hairstyle has been compared to that sported by the B.A. Baracus character in the TV programme The A-Team.

Eddie Hall
Eddy took part in the Midlands championships too

Asked to describe his feelings at his win, he said he was feeling just pure surprise: "I feel top of the planet; I'm astonished with myself!"

Outside Staffordshire

The 2010 championship event, held in the North-East on Sunday, 12 September, was the first time it has been held outside Staffordshire in five years.

In 2005 and 2006, it was held in Stoke-on-Trent, where it attracted crowds of over 5,000.

From 2007-2009 it was held in Lichfield.

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