Final call for Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2019 entries

Farmers have just seven days left to stake their claim for the coveted title of Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2019 – and win a £500 cash prize.

With almost 200 people entering Farmers Weekly‘s new health and wellbeing competition, the team at FW Towers have been mightily impressed with the calibre and breadth of submissions so far.

We’ve had every thing from Norfolk arable farmers to Ayreshire shepherds, Welsh relief milkers to Northern Irish young farmers.

See also: Video: 6 simple exercises to keep you fit on the farm

Men, women, young and not-so-young – we’re chuffed to see so many people who work in agriculture who take care and pride in their physical and mental wellbeing.

With the 9 April deadline looming large, there’s still time to get your Britain’s Fittest Farmer entry in. All you need to do is answer a few questions about how you keep your mind and body fit and upload a video or photo of yourself.

We’ll invite our shortlisted entrants to a competitive final at the Young Farmers Festival on 4 May 2019, where the judges will award one man and one woman the title and £500 each.

Go to the Britain’s Fittest Farmer page to check out all of the entries to date. You can also get a good idea of what our judges are looking for by viewing some of our favourite entries so far.

What’s it all about?

Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2019 is being run by Farmers Weekly as a fun way of sparking a vital discussion about the physical and mental health of our farmers.

As farming becomes less active and more mechanised and office-based, it’s more important than ever before to make sure Britain’s farmers are getting the exercise they need to stay fit and healthy.

Farming can also be an isolated job, which is why this competition will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

How to enter

To apply, all entrants need to do is go to the Britain’s Fittest Farmer page and answer a few questions, including how they keep themselves physically fit and look after their mental wellbeing.

You need to be aged 18 or older and be working in farming or the wider agriculture industry.

Applicants will also need to upload a video or photo of themselves that shows off their physical fitness.

Think squats after silaging, press-ups in the milking parlour, lunges while lambing or even playing sports with friends.

The competition closes at midnight on 9 April 2018 – visit the Britain’s Fittest Farmer page for full terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about this competition, email Farmers Weekly’s community editor, Oli Hill.