Time is running out to enter Britain’s Fittest Farmer, Farmers Weekly‘s hit competition aimed at kickstarting a conversation about health and mental wellbeing in agriculture.
The new deadline for applications is Sunday, 13 September, following months of disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
All contestants will be invited to compete in the next round of the competition, which has been revised from its original format but promises to be just as enjoyable.
The qualifiers will see farming men and women battle it out at a farm in Wiltshire on 26 and 27 September to bid for their place in the final.
They’ll face a series of workouts led by judge Tom Kemp of Farm Fitness, which will test their speed, strength and stamina.
Ultimately, 10 men and 10 women will progress to the final stage for a chance to win the £1,000 cash prize and the glory of being crowned Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2020.
What is Britain’s Fittest Farmer?
This competition is designed to get all farmers thinking and talking about their health – physical and mental – to make sure they are in top condition to run their farm businesses.
It aims to support farmers’ amazing work to put food on our plates and care for our countryside, by helping them to ensure they are fit to farm.
We’re looking for farmers who make fantastic ambassadors for health and fitness in agriculture, to help break the taboo of talking about mental health issues such as depression, eating disorders and rural isolation.
Visit the Britain’s Fittest Farmer website for full details and watch the video below to get a taste of what the competition is all about.
Britain’s Fittest Farmer: Our sponsor and partners
Tough, rugged, agile – the new INEOS Grenadier 4X4 will share plenty of traits exhibited by the winner of Britain’s Fittest Farmer. That’s why we’re so pleased to be sponsoring this rural British physical challenge.
As an uncompromising, no frills, off-road vehicle, the Grenadier will provide all the capability, durability and reliability you need to tackle the toughest tasks on the farm. That’s why we see ourselves as the ideal partner for this true test of grit, endurance and strength.
For more information on Grenadier, pay a visit to their website.
Farm Fitness: Partner
Farm Fitness has rapidly become a burning beacon on the UK fitness scene, attracting spectators and participants from all over the country to come and take a swing at its almost alchemic blend of modified strongman, functional bodybuilding, calisthenics and blistering cardio efforts.
The gym, founded by farmer’s son Tom Kemp, was voted one of the best gyms in the world and ‘coolest outdoor space’ by Men’s Health (PDF)
Tom has blended his farming background with his love of training to create a raw and exciting outdoor environment for people of all strengths and abilities to get fit.
The Farming Community Network: Partner
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.
The charity has helped thousands of people deal with a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.
Volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related. FCN also runs a confidential national helpline and e-helpline.