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British Arm Wrestling Federation's New Year Cup at the Crofters Hotel, Garstang on Saturday.

British Arm Wrestling Federation's New Year Cup at the Crofters Hotel, Garstang on Saturday.

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BICEPS were bulging and testosterone levels were sky high at a Garstang hotel on Saturday.

The British Arm Wrestling Federation’s New Year Cup brought some of Britain’s best sporting stars to the Crofters Hotel, Cabus.

Competitors in scores of different categories went head to head and arm to arm in some nail-biting bouts.

Organiser Neil Pickup said: “This was a great event and the New Year Cup brings in many of the very best names in the domestic scene.

“The cup featured a super-match between two of the great British names in this sport Stuart Hall and Steve Kerlew.

“This was a real highlight and the fact they shared the honours with Kerlew winning the right hand and Hall with the left made it a nice result.”

The surprisingly technical sport measures technique, overall arm strength, hand grip size, wrist endurance and flexibility, once both arms are placed on the arm wrestling table and the drive begins.

But champion of his category, Ted Wilson, 29, from Leyland, had his technique down to perfection.

He said: “This event is a good way to test your form as it’s the first of the year.

“This is a great venue and people do train hard before they come here.

“I just love the sport. I was hooked from the first time I competed.”