This year’s Britain’s Fittest Farmer qualifiers are set to take place on 25 and 26 September at Cotswold Farm Park, home of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.
This epic, energetic event encourages people working in agriculture to put their physical strength to the test and kick-start the conversation about mental health in agriculture in a friendly and inclusive way.
There’s still time to get involved this autumn – if you haven’t already entered, go to the event website by 5 September. Everyone aged 18 or over who meets our simple criteria will be invited to choose a slot for the heats.
“In a time where we have all had to test our own strengths, be that physically or mentally, it couldn’t be more relevant for us all to come together and celebrate that resilience,” said Farmers Weekly editor Andrew Meredith.
“The pandemic has been a real challenge for physical and mental wellbeing and we hope that the competition can continue to raise awareness for such an important topic.”
How to apply
To apply, simply go to the Britain’s Fittest Farmer website by 5 September, answer a few questions on how you keep physically fit and look after your mental health and upload a video or photo of yourself.
Check out the fantastic applications so far for some inspiration.
Plus, check out Tom Kemp’s Farm Fit exercise series to get you started.
Use the hashtag #BritainsFittestFarmer on social media to keep us updated on your training.
Family, friends and local people are also invited to attend across the two days, to support contestants – come along and you may even catch a glimpse of Adam while you’re there.
The finals will take place on 9 October on Farm Fitness founder Tom Kemp’s farm in Essex.
Tom is also part of the judging team, which is tasked with finding one man and one woman to each take home the Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2021 title, their own trophy and £1,000 cash prize.
The judges will be looking for farmers who will make authentic ambassadors for health and wellbeing across our industry.
Want another chance to win?
As part of the Britain’s Fittest Farmer campaign, we’re also partnering with the Farming Community Network (FCN) to give you all another chance to win.
Further supporting the importance of mental health, the 2021 FCN FarmWell Award will be awarded to the video creator who finds the most novel or engaging way of raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
Don’t worry, we’re not expecting cinema production entries, so filming on your phone is fine! Interested? Submit your video to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 September to be in with a chance of winning.
Last year, cattle farmer James Arney and mixed farmer Emma Ashley were crowned Britain’s Fittest Farmers.
As well as completing the challenging physical tasks of the final, the pair also impressed the judges with their awareness of mental health issues and their ideas on how to address the problems faced by those working in the agricultural industry.