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The search is on for the city’s strongest men and women in the first of a new event to be held in Peterborough city centre this summer - so get ready to flex those biceps.

Peterborough Positive - the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) - is hosting the first strongperson competition in Cathedral Square this August and entries are now open for contestants who want to take part.

Peterborough’s Strongest is being organised in association with Royals Gym and will take place in the heart of the city centre on Sunday August 20. It will consist of five events across four categories, including Women, Beginners, Novice, and Intermediate.

Competition entry is made via the event’s Facebook event page ‘Peterborough’s Strongest’ and the £30 fee includes a t-shirt and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Spectators can watch for free, and the action begins at 11am.

World Strongman Games athlete, Craig Candler, will be the competition’s head referee, with current International Powerlifting League (IPL) Bench Press world number 2, PJ Carter, taking to the floor as the event’s compere.

Pep Cipriano, Business Improvement Manager at Peterborough Positive, said: “This event will be a first for Cathedral Square and we hope to make it an annual competition. A lot of preparation has gone into making Peterborough’s Strongest a spectacle for all to enjoy and the result will be something unique for Peterborough. We’ve already got an eye on next year’s event and hope to grow participation of athletes as well as local leisure clubs.”

Sam Fowler, Founder of Royal’s Gym, added: “We’re extremely excited to be part of this event and work alongside Peterborough Positive. We run several strongman and strongwoman competitions throughout the year and for us it's about providing opportunities for athletes to get involved at various levels and abilities. We have designed and built something really special for Peterborough, which will offer new challenges for the competitors and give the crowd something special to watch.”

It will be the latest in a series of city centre events organised by Peterborough Positive which has seen free circus family fun staged in Cathedral Square and the screening of the Wimbledon finals in St John’s Square on July 15 and 16 from 12.30pm

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