IT used to be screaming young girls who got up early because Take That were in concert but Frodsham weightlifter Martin Flett was forced into an early start by the group.
The Frodsham powerhouse became British Unequipped Bench Press champion and set a national record in Milton Keynes.
But his preparations were disrupted because of a comeback concert from the former boy band which meant there were no hotel vacancies in the area on the eve of the competition.
Martin Flett, who hails from the same part of Cheshire as Gary Barlow, had originally planned for an overnight stay but instead he had to leave home at 6am on competition day to make the weigh-in.
The disruption this caused did not affect him too badly as the veteran Flett, 50, took the honours in the 100kg Masters 2 (over 50s) weight division.
Flett said: 'I felt I could have lifted more and the early start, followed by a four-hour wait before lifting was not ideal preparation.
'But I came away pleased with my overall performance.
'I decided to try for the British record with my third lift and put 157.5kg on the bar but I nailed the lift so easily I immediately wished I had gone for the magic 160. But there's always next time.'
Flett opted for a conservative 140kg to start. He made it easily only to be no-lifted because of an insufficient pause.
His second lift - 145kg - likewise presented no problems and this time counted and was good enough to win.
Flett admitted beating defending champion Ken Crickmore and former record holder Bob Baxter was very satisfying.
He now heads for the rescheduled European Championships, switched to the Czech Republic in September, with the hope of breaking the British equipped record of 190kg.
Fellow Cheshire lifter Joey Guatella, 21, won the Under 23s 100kg class in his first attempt at national competition.
Guatella failed to even get into last year's event and has shown great determination to go from a non-qualifier to a title winner in 12 months
The youngster has raised his competitive personal best by 17.5kg and still has another year as a junior.
Guatella's second lift in the competition, 112.5kg, earned him the victory after he had opened with a safe 107.5kg. However he just missed out with his final lift at 117.5kg