9 members of Team England embarked on a journey to Denmark for the IKMF European Marathon lifting championships. Team members were Oli Mell, Jenny Whitcombe, Neil McPartland, Del Wilson, Corey Parcell, Graham Morris and Ruth Tarrant and her two boys, Eddie and Issac. This was to be the first international for Neil and Ruth and her two boys.
Some of us chose to spend a good part of Friday looking around Copenhagen, a very nice city full of nice architecture, push bikes, motorised scooters and coffee shops.
We arrived at the venue for weigh in and opening ceremony at 4.30pm.
A very nice venue it was too. Big spacious sports hall with a nice cafe and clean changing facilities.
Weigh in was a relaxed affair with none of the usual enforced stripping down to underwear unless the athlete decided to due to borderline weight.
It’s always so nice to be back in a room with the IKMF gang. This being my fourth IKMF competition, I now know a substantial amount of people and it really does feel like one big extended lifting family. It was such a nice vibe. Andreas Jacobsen gifted me a Judas Priest ‘British Steel’ T shirt which was very nice. I immediately set about the task of taking photos since I was honoured the position of official photographer.
The judges meeting got underway at 6pm after weigh in.
We all sat down in a conference room and were give a playing card each. Then we were rearranged so that all hearts, clubs etc sat together. Questions were then asked about various judging points and we had to discuss as a group the various answers. Half way through, I had to leave to attend the Country representatives meeting. The IKMF are taking the issues of judging very seriously and are very pro-active in getting all its members to pass the judge test.
Following this we had the opening ceremony. Team England were led out proudly by Ruth’s boys Eddie and Issac. Once all the teams were assembled, we had the usual presentations between the host Kim and the IKMF president, Stephane.
We then decided that we would all go our separate ways as we were all tired and therefore make the first team meal on the Saturday.
On the Saturday it was down to the serious business of lifting.
First up on flight 1 from our intrepid gang was Corey. Corey was on 20 kg LC at his and my request. Written permission has to be given for juniors to compete on weights above their pay grade so to speak.
Corey has pretty much maxed out on the 16 kg bell with close to 400 reps so a step up was required to keep him motivated. It just meant he had no direct competition but that’s often the case anyhow. Corey achieved 302 reps. His PB is 310 so this was a great performance in light of competition nerves.
Issac and Eddie were on the same flight. It’s super cool to see lifters this young performing on the platform. They both took their lifts very seriously and produced outstanding results.
Eddie was on OALC and managed 198 reps with a 4 kg bell in 15 minutes. Issac was on 6 kg One arm Long cycle and smashed out 372 reps. Great job lads!
Next up was Oli Mell and myself on flight 2. I was doing two lifts on day one. Double half snatch and double LC, both on16’s. Double half snatch is a favourite lift of mine and was just for fun. I already have the highest rank here so held back to a sensible rpm so as not to burn out for lift 2. 365 reps was the result.
Oli was on 24 kg jerk. He was also doing two lifts today. 458 reps was a solid result here.
Flight 5 saw impressive lifting once again from Oli with 24 kg LC and 296 reps. This was a supplementary lift for Oli when we opened up the lifts available to fill our 18 lift quota
Flight 7 saw Neil McPartland make his international debut. He was on 24 kg half snatch and managed a mighty 386 reps.
Flight 8 had the last of Team England lifters for the day. We had Graham Morris on 24 kg snatch.
Never an easy lift but Graham managed an impressive 376 reps.
Another debut on the international stage was Ruth Tarrant. Ruth was on 16 kg One arm Long cycle and hit 372 reps. Very good debut from Ruth.
That was day 1 completed. In the evening we all went off for a well deserved meal at a hotel close to the venue.
Early start as we had Jenny up first with one of 3 full marathons. That’s right, not a typo, 3 full marathons which is a lot of work. Marathon number 1 was 12 kg LC. That’s a nice lift to start with. Jenny hit 600 reps with this which was a very impressive Master of Sport rank, awesome work.
Flight 2 saw me on 20 kg jerk. Not a favourite lift of mine but happy to finally get my Master of Sport rank here. Quick mention for Olivier Vaudour here who finished on a remarkable 1388 with a 24 kg bell! What a performance and in my opinion, the performance of the weekend!
Jenny was up again on flight 3 with 12 kg snatch. Jenny was targeting Master of Sport World Class with this one. It was inevitably going to be a hard one. Jenny started to have hand issues during the set but thankfully Oli Mell was on hand for some much needed trimming of torn skin. Jenny gritted it out and got the rank she so deserved with 894 reps. Awesome job Jenny.
Flight 4 saw Neil’s second lift of the weekend. This time it was 16 kg OALC. Neil achieved 822 reps. That’s a high RPM from Neil and a great lift. We also had Graham’s second lift of the weekend. Lifting anything at all following a one hour snatch set is something of a miracle. Graham was on 16 kg OALC and scored 577 reps. Great job!
Flight 5 saw the final lift from Jenny. This one was jerk. Thankfully, this is a relatively hand friendly lift. Jenny managed 707 reps with the 12 kg bell which was her second MS rank of the day to go along with her MSWC from earlier. Epic lifting Jenny. Not sure you’ll be doing that again anytime Soon!
Flight 6 saw the last lift from Team England. Oli was on 16 kg half snatch and topped out at 1062 reps.
I would also like to comment on Oli’s abilities as a first aider. There was an incident with one of the french girls who was apparently massively dehydrated after attempting to make weight. She collapsed quite dramatically on the platform and was totally out. Oli was one of the first on the scene obviously making full use of his training from his marine days. She was eventually taken away in an ambulance but we believe she made a full recovery. Oli is certainly a great guy to have in your corner.
That was it. All our lifting was done. It had been another fantastic IKMF competition brilliantly put together by Kim Henning and his team within a short 4 month time frame. Quick mention to Erik W Hofmann-bang for his timers/counters which were the best I’ve seen and were faultless all weekend. Thrilled that I managed to get myself one.
All that was left was the after event dinner. This was at the same hotel that we had eaten at the night before. As is normal, or so it seems, we were the last to leave along with the Norwegians.
Next up is the IKMF World Championships in Poland where once again the English Lions will converge and be awesome once again.
20 kg OALC
16 kg OALC
12 kg OALC
4 kg OALC
6 kg OALC
24 kg Half snatch
16 kg OALC
Both first place
Elite Veteran 2
24 kg full snatch
16 kg OALC
12 kg OALC
Master of Sport
12 kg Full snatch
Master of Sport World Class
12 kg One arm jerk
Master of Sport
16 kg half snatch
24 kg jerk
24 kg OALC
2 x 16 kg Half snatch
2 x 16 LC
20 kg Jerk