NORTHWICH strongman Pete Roberts is still one the Britain’s best – despite suffering from a fever!
The 55-year-old, of Manora Road, smashed three national records at the British Drug Free Powerlifting Championships in Coventry last week.
And despite being struck by illness prior to the competition he blew away rivals in his new Master Four division.
“I had been ill so I only managed to get five or six sessions in before the competition. I didn’t really expect to do so well,” he said.
“I must have misheard the judges because I thought they said I hadn’t been succesful with one of my lifts. I was a bit despondent when I came off but I knew I’d done it.
“I checked the cameras and there looked to be nothing wrong. I have checked the internet now and I have got the record!”
Roberts, who trains at Dave’s Gym on Station Road, lifted a British record 162.5kg squat, 110kg bench and another British record 185kg deadlift. The overall total of 457.5kg was another national record, smashing the previous best, held by David Freeman.
Roberts, who does not take any supplements, is now targeting the World Championships in November, which has been moved from Italy to Milton Keynes.
“Last year I did far too many events and I risked injury,” added Roberts. “But I have got myself right now so I am going for the Worlds and hopefully I can lift a European record.
“Dave at Dave’s Gym has been fantabulous in supporting me.”