Strong man challenge preparations have turned heads with Niall pulling two vans around an Ely estate late at night

Niall Hastings is pulling a lorry for charity

Niall Hastings is pulling a lorry for charity - Credit: Archant

An HGV driver is ready to take on a strong man charity event after pulling two vans around an Ely estate and a lorry along quiet country roads.

Niall Hastings is read to pull a lorry for a strong man event - just needs an event to do it at!

Niall Hastings is read to pull a lorry for a strong man event - just needs an event to do it at! - Credit: Archant

Five months ago Niall Hastings set himself the challenge to become strong enough to pull a lorry to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to his heart having watched both parents suffer from the disease.

He is now raring to go after training three times a week with weights, cardio and by pulling two vans for 100 metres every fortnight and a lorry for 25 metres.

“Its not just about pure strength, it is all-round fitness too,” he said.

He has been spotted pulling two vans around the Beech estate and takes a lorry unit to quiet country lanes late at night to practice.

Niall Hastings is ready to pull a lorry for a strong man charity attractiont - just needs a venue an

Niall Hastings is ready to pull a lorry for a strong man charity attractiont - just needs a venue and an event! - Credit: Archant


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“I’m now ready and am looking for somehwere to hold my challenge, maybe as part of a local event, so that it becomes one of the attractions.

“I’m open to ideas and suggestions!”

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Luckily his partner is Sarah Hefferon-Gilman, of Shiatsu Do in Ely, which means if he has over done the training she has been able to treat his aching muscles ready to continue with more gruelling preparation for the challenge.

Cross Country Carriers in Bury St Edmunds where he works, has let him borrow their yard where he has been gradually building up his strength.

Mr Hastings, whose son now runs his security firm, Alphaguard K9 in Sussex, has previously taken part in charity boxing matches and has also helped run dog shows for the Waifs and Strays charity.

If you would like him to appear at an event you are organising please email him on niall@alphaguardk9.co.uk.

To find out more or to help raise money for the Alzhiemer’s Society visit his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Niall-Hastings1

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