Stevie’s great test of strength

Stephen Chennie with his trophy for winning Scotland's Strongest Man
Stephen Chennie with his trophy for winning Scotland's Strongest Man

A FIFE man is celebrating an achievement of some considerable weight - he’s Scotland’s Strongest Man.

Stevie Cherrie (27) from Kirkcaldy beat nine other competitors to lift the title on Saturday at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.

Not only that, but he did it carrying an injury.

Stevie said: “I tore a quad muscle during the overhead press so had to do the last two events basically on one leg. It wasn’t too bad though and I managed to get through it.”

During the competition Stevie had to flip a half-ton tyre, squat with a 60 stone barrel on his back and lift 160 kilo atlas stones onto a six foot wall amongst other gruelling events.

Four years

His victory is all the more impressive when you consider that he’s only been competing for four years.

“I entered my first competion in 2007,” he said.

“After that I worked my way up and entered the Scotland’s Strongest Man in 2009 when I was fourth. Last year I was runner-up, so to win it this time feels amazing.”

Last year Stevie also entered the UK’s Strongest Man competition but didn’t get through to the final stages.

He said: “I made one or two silly wee mistakes so didn’t get as far as I’d have liked.

‘‘But it was a great experience with it being televised, and I learned a lot from the established competitors.”

Stevie works at the Industrial Strength Gym in Mitchelston Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy where other up-and-coming athletes have already tasted some success in other competitions.

Tough training

Next on Stevie’s list is the qualifying stages for this year’s UK’s Strongest Man - and then he has an invitation to the world team championships in Belfast in September.

For the time being though, he’s still taking in the events of the weekend.

He said: “I feel great. I’ve been training really hard for the last seven or eight months.

‘‘People don’t really realise how fit you have to be.

‘‘There’s a lot of running involved in the competitions too.

“I’m just delighted to bring the trophy back to Fife. I’m only the second ever Fifer to win it.

“It’s been held by my good friend Chris Innes up in Fort William for the last four years so for me to win it now is a fantastic achievement.”