North Midlands Powerlifting Championships – November 2016

Well, that was a day!  Darkside took 22 women to their local powerlifting championships on the 19th November 2016, 14 of whom were first timers.  Incredibly impressed with their determination, focus and strength.

The morning started with Evie, hitting some fab new squat and bench PBs with a 60kg squat, 37.5kg bench and 70kg deadlift, well done!  Holly C. got comp PBs across the board with a 65kg squat, 32.5kg bench (finally!) and huge 95kg deadlift.  Leah, her very first comp, was completely unphased squatting 82.5kg, benching 45kg and deadlifting 92.5kg, very strong.  Beth went an unprecedented 8/9 with fab comp PBs, 87.5kg squat, 45kg bench and 117.5kg deadlift!

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In the second group we had 4 new competitors.  Sarah K. narrowly missed out on her qualifying total for the British Masters, but still squatted a fast 60kg, benched 47.5kg and deadlifted a solid 115kg.  Faye hit 75kg for her squat, big 42.5kg bench and 90kg deadlift.  Laura M. squatted 77.5kg, benched a beautiful 45kg and deadlifted 95g and Carrie made her qualifying total for the British Masters with an 85kg squat, 47.5kg bench and 115kg deadlift, well done!!  Nikki S. made some awesome new comp PBs, 70kg squat, 35kg bench and 87.5kg deadlift!

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7 new lifters in the third group, but well supported by our experienced ladies.  Poppy hit a great 60kg squat, 37.5kg bench and 80kg deadlift, Brigette squatted 75kg, benched 35kg and deadlifted a fast 82.5kg, Dawn’s squat reached a beautiful 77.5kg, along with a 40kg bench and 97.5kg deadlift, Katie F. squatted 80kg, benched a solid 32.5kg and deadlifted 105kg and Nicky H. made her qualifying total for the British Masters with an 82.5kg squat, 52.5kg bench and huge 120kg deadlift!

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Fran squatted a focused 87.5kg, benched 42.5kg and deadlifted 115kg, very focused and solid and whilst Jodi failed her first squat due to nerves she rallied beautifully and finished with a fantastic 90kg, along with a 52.5kg bench and 115kg deadlift!  Carla, Emma H. and Magdalena all made brilliant comp PBs with Carla squatting her milestone 100kg, benching 42.5kg and deadlifting 125kg, Emma also got her milestone 100kg squat with a lovely 50kg bench and 135kg deadlift and Magdalena squatted 125kg, benched 57.5kg and deadlifted an amazing 150kg, qualifying for the Senior British!

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Our final group was Clare, Katie N. and Laura Ma.  Clare made her qualifying total for the British Masters with a 100kg deadlift, 45kg bench and 112.5kg deadlift, all comp PBs as well!  Katie and Laura were first timers with Katie squatting 85kg, benching 50kg and deadlifting a fab 120kg and Laura hitting 92.5kg on her squat with a 40kg bench and 105kg deadlift!

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Huge thanks to Laura C. who tirelessly ran the warm up room with speed and focus and to our group ‘mothers’ who helped the newbies and made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time!  We had an awesome army of Darksiders helping to load and spot for the warm ups and yelling for us on the platform.  Thank you Marc Giles and your Horncastle team for putting on another organised and brilliantly run competition.

All photo credits to Chris Bradbury, thank you!

I never fail to be impressed by the Darkside lifters, you are a community, a family and you support each-other like nothing I have ever seen.  Laughter, hugs and cake.  And a whole lot of strength.

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