The winners of Britain’s Fittest Farmer have been topped after battling it out on the finals in Essex.
The competitors was fierce, the camaraderie have been sturdy and our 4 winners get to maintain their coveted titles for a yr.
Organised by Farmers, this distinctive occasion – selling bodily and psychological well being in agriculture – concerned a spherical of qualifiers and cellphone interviews, in addition to the grand last.
See additionally: Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2022 – meet the finalists
Watch the motion from the finals and browse extra concerning the winners under.
Winners: Under 40s
Eifion Roberts, 26, Anglesey
“The Britain’s Fittest Farmer final was one of the best days of my life – although winning wasn’t the most important thing. It was about meeting so many wonderful people and making some new friends,” says Eifion.
Having come third within the 2021 occasion, he was decided to enhance on that consequence this yr, so had been coaching laborious.
He’d been out mountain working and had joined a CrossFit fitness center within the spring.
“Last year, I would have described myself as a ‘farmer who was fairly fit’, but I’d really put in the hours training this time round.”
Brought up on a beef and sheep farm in North Wales, Eifion attended agricultural faculty and had a spell in New Zealand earlier than working his approach up the farming ladder.
He is a now farm supervisor taking care of 900 milking cows throughout two items.
“Agriculture comes with bad and the good days, so keeping a positive mindset is important. You need a clear head, so getting to the gym is important for me. I get in from work, have something to eat and head to the gym – when I come out I feel like a new man.”
He tries to get to the fitness center 3 times every week, with power work a selected focus, plus he enjoys working.
“It’s a great stress relief and so good for my mental wellbeing. I put the music on and I’m in a different world.”
Over the years, he’s performed aggressive soccer and rugby, whereas one other achievement was finishing the 15-peak problem in Snowdonia, which concerned masking 60km and greater than 4,000m of climbing.
“I accomplished it in 14 hours – though my toes have been very sore on the finish of it. I like a problem and coaching for it, although.
“I’m the right age to be working hard and progressing in the agriculture industry. I can be someone who stresses over things, so I control my mindset by trying to be positive and by not worrying too much about the little things.”
Setting objectives has at all times been essential to Eifion – as a result of small each day objectives can, he says, flip into huge, life-changing ones.
“So don’t surrender on your self, preserve working in your weaknesses and never focusing solely in your sturdy facet. Having that type of mindset will preserve you in constructive temper. And it would make you into that particular person that you just have been at all times meant to be.
“In the same way as ‘you are what you eat’, I’ve come to learn that if you surround yourself with good, successful people, you will eventually get into a good place.”
As for his future objectives?
“I certainly want to come back to Britain’s Fittest Farmer and see if I can retain my title next year.”
Jacalyn Dunlop, 26, Glasgow
“When I get my teeth into something, I like to give it my best,” says Jacalyn, who made the journey to Essex from Glasgow.
“I’m quite a determined person – so I was focused on giving this my best shot, but I was still really shocked to win because the standard was so high.”
Jacalyn fought off stiff competitors to take the title again to East Kilbride.
“It was a brilliant, enjoyable day and I was over the moon when the results were announced.”
Jacalyn heads to the fitness center 5 or 6 instances every week, following a CrossFit programme, plus attends CrossFit courses. She’s additionally not too long ago certified as a private coach.
“Training in the gym is my favourite way to achieve – and maintain – positive mental wellbeing,” she says.
“Having been brought up in the farming industry, I know many people who have suffered from poor mental health and do not take time for themselves to relax, unwind and do something they enjoy!”
Having grown up on a beef and sheep farm in south-west Scotland – and labored on a dairy farm whereas learning at college – Jacalyn is a lover of the countryside and takes each alternative to get out into the nice outdoor.
“I significantly take pleasure in hill strolling. It offers you an actual sense of accomplishment. It’s so laborious on the way in which up, however you are feeling nice – virtually zen-like – whenever you get to the highest. It’s simply so rewarding and the surroundings is gorgeous.
“I’ve climbed many Munros round Scotland, usually strolling at nights and weekends with household and pals.
“I at all times encourage individuals to satisfy for walks outdoor within the countryside as there’s no higher solution to de-stress after a busy or worrying day.
“Doing bodily train is so essential on your psychological well being. It helps you retain issues in perspective and will get you away from any worries.
“I also occasionally go running, as this is a great way to unwind after a stressful day.”
Winning the coveted prize has spurred Jacalyn on to focus much more on her health. “Everyone was so supportive to each other on the day, it’s made me even more passionate about exercise. It’s given me a real confidence boost.”
Joint winners: Over-40s
Lucy Sheffield, 44, East Sussex
Encouraging others to push themselves and enhance their health is a good supply of pleasure to Lucy Sheffield.
“It was one of the reasons I wanted to take part in Britain’s Fittest Farmer,” she says.
“I love training individually, but also with a team. It’s wonderful when you see someone who thinks they can’t do any more, manage to do it. It really is the best feeling and incredibly rewarding.”
Lucy, who returned to the household farm two years in the past to work alongside her dad and husband after 20 years in several industries, says she feels “privileged” to have the ability to take pleasure in and expertise each farming day.
She belongs to a neighborhood fitness center, but in addition has a farm fitness center she will pop into when time is restricted – and weight-lifting is considered one of favorite actions.
“I aspire to be as sturdy, profitable and as pushed as my dad – and being bodily match is one a part of being ‘more Dad’.
“I always say I train for my brain, and the effect it has on my body is an added bonus,” she says.
“I was thrilled to see that BFF opened up an over-40s category this year, as we all know farmers don’t necessarily typically fall into the younger age groups!”
Graeme Slater, 42, Lancashire
“Age is no barrier to staying fit,” says Graham, who actually loved collaborating in Britain’s Fittest Farmer in 2020 and signed up instantly when he noticed there was a class for the over-40s this yr.
“I feel so much better after a workout,” he says. “You really get the feel-good factor. Exercise gives you self-belief – you feel like anything is possible!”
Having been introduced up on a household farm, the Garstang-based dad-of-three now works as a cheesemaker, however nonetheless helps out at weekends and within the evenings on the dairy and sheep farm.
“I’m up extremely early – some days I begin at 2am and end at midday or 1pm, so I usually nip to the fitness center then, earlier than I choose the youngsters up from college.
“The days can be very long, but doing exercise is precisely what gives me energy for those long days.”
In his 20s, Graeme performed quite a lot of rugby and soccer, however now prefers decrease injury-risk actions and is an everyday gym-goer.
“I significantly take pleasure in ‘endurance’ work. I’ve discovered as I’ve obtained older, I’m higher at this, moderately than energy and velocity.
“I’m a naturally competitive person and I like testing myself. Exercise helps me get away from any work-related stresses. It really gives me a positive outlook on life.”