Mark Haydock - At Potarch - 4th November 2012, The Gathering - 6th August 2017 & 27th May 2018
Height - 5'11"
Residence : Preston, Lancashire
4/11/12 Witnesses : Andy Tomlin, George Dick, Matt Finkle, Timo Lauttamus, Al Myers, Chad Ullom, Josh Haydock, Alex Rigbye, James McKenna, Barry Gorge.
Mark lifted the stones a total of 25 times. Managed 10 consecutive lifts in under 1 minute, walked the stones 3 feet with bare handed grip. The day before he lifted in the IAWA Gold Cup in Glasgow and squatted 280kg (616lb)! After lifting the Dinnies the group stopped at the Inver Stone and Mark carried that for 30 metres!
In his training build up for the trip Mark managed a 400kg lift on his replica rings - 220kg right hand and 180kg left hand.
Mark recently competed at a Crossfit event and pulled a 310kg deadlift with a hook grip @ 106kg bodyweight. Mark is a multiple world record holder in the IAWA.
6/8/17 Having watched all his stone lifting brothers make their attempts, Mark Haydock from Preston in Lancashire took position over the Steens to complete the day’s lifting. The crowd held their collective breaths in anticipation. Would Mark walk himself into the history books to join the Dinnie family, Jack Shanks, Mark Felix & Brian Irwin? They didn’t have to wait long to find out. Mark set off at a blistering pace lifting the stones high on each attempt and walking them forward drawing ever closer to the finish line. At around 2/3 of the distance it looked like the attempt would be successfully completed in a matter of seconds but then disaster struck. On one lift the smaller stone swung around and struck Mark on the achilles tendon of his right leg causing it to rupture. Mark’s progress immediately slowed as he struggled against the injury trying to find his footing. He bravely soldiered on and managed to somehow cover the remaining distance despite his injury and to the delight of his comrades and the ecstatic crowd. A titanic struggle that ended in success.
To add to his already staggering Dinnie Stone CV, Mark lifted and held the Dinnie Stones on Sunday 27th May 2018 for an incredible new world record time of 38.61 seconds and has since increased this with an amazing 42 second side by side lift and hold on 19th January 2019.
Click here for video of Mark lifting & carrying the Dinnie Stones at The Gathering
Click here for video of Mark lifting & walking with the Dinnie Stones in 2012
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