FIVE-time British powerlifting champion Charlie Shotton-Gale and partner Karl Marillier lifted a total of 101 tonnes in just six hours at Wharf Green on Saturday.
The pair were raising money for Break Free Women’s Support and the fund to send Shotton-Gale to the World Championships in the USA and had been set the challenge of initially lifting 89 tonnes – the same weight as the heaviest locomotive every produced by the Great Western Railway.
Due to a scoring error, however, were allowed to go six tonnes beyond that total before the challenge was upped to 100 tonnes.
Continuously squat, bench and deadlifting their way to their target, the day was exhausting for the two lifters, as Shotton-Gale explained: “We were feeling tired, aching and hungry and wanting to stop but as soon as we were told me had lifted a total of 95.5 tonnes we felt we had to break the 100-tonne mark.
“We wanted to host an event that was appealing to the public but that also made good use of our abilities, and avoided me shaving my hair off again.
“When brain storming ideas for this event we wanted to include a task we both excel at, which was lifting weights, that included Swindon based companies, was hosted in Swindon’s town centre and had an overwhelming Swindon Theme.
“This is where 89 tonnes was developed as it is the weight of the heaviest locomotive ever produced by GWR – the King’s class.”
The couple are continuing to fundraise and all donations can be made online by visiting www.gofundme.com/charlievsloco.