Pulling a 13 tonne truck with one hand was all in a day’s work for strongman Simon Plant when he achieved a new world record at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Cheered on by children, their families and staff, Simon ‘Power’ Plant showed how his incredible strength, regular gym sessions and high protein diet made all the difference as he pulled a huge articulated vehicle an incredible 50 feet.
Simon’s official Guinness World Record framed certificate will soon be taking pride of place on the walls at Bluebell Wood, which supports around 250 children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions in South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and part of North Lincolnshire.
The world record is the latest feat by Simon, who has previously pulled 14 cars at once, lifted six people up on a board and towed a 2 tonne truck. To keep his fitness at peak levels, Simon trains three times a week and eats bacon and eggs, a whole chicken, five or six jacket potatoes and two steaks every day.
Simon also puts his ability down to natural strength and the support of his former trainer, Errol Etherington. Simon said:
“Errol, who sadly lost his life to cancer in 2009, was a great trainer and friend who taught me everything I know about power-lifting. He helped me to appreciate that I have a natural gift that I can put to good use. It’s been a privilege to support Bluebell Wood and the extraordinary work it does with children and their families.”
Gail Smedley, Young Adult Co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted to have hosted Simon at Bluebell Wood for his world record triumph. We’re all about creating special memories for the children, young adults and families who visit us and this certainly managed to do that.”