How it works

Round 1: Apply online

To apply, go to the “Apply now” page and start your application (please note, entries for 2020 are now closed). Fill in your details, answer three questions about your ties with farming, what you do to keep in good shape and look after your mental wellbeing and upload a photo or video of yourself.

You don’t necessarily need to be a farmer to apply, but you do need to be working within the agriculture sector.

Round 2: Regional qualifiers

All applicants will be invited to compete at a qualifier stage held on a farm near Marlborough, Wiltshire in late September.

The contestants’ all-round fitness will be put to the test in a variety of physical challenges.

This is set to be an exciting series of events, with family and friends welcome to support contestants.

Revised qualifier dates and location

To make it easier to run the event and comply with the government’s COVID-secure guidance, we’re now holding the qualifier round on one farm over a whole weekend.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire
Dates: Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September

The new, COVID-secure format

To make the competition as safe and as exciting as possible, here’s how the 2020 Britain’s Fittest Farmer qualifier will run.

  • Each competitor will be given a time slot to arrive, based on their preferred date.
  • You’ll be put into a small group competing against other wannabe champions, spaced out in the field and with your own equipment to use.
  • Judge Tom Kemp will put you through a series of physically demanding challenges designed to test your all-round strength, speed and endurance.
  • Each challenge will run as a “last farmer standing” format, meaning you keep going until you burn out or until your form slips and you are stood down by the judges.

We take your health and safety extremely seriously, so here’s what we’re doing to make the competition COVID-secure based on government guidance.

  • You’ll be competing in the open air, spaced at least two metres apart from others at all times.
  • The number of people on site at any time will be limited by giving competitors staggered time slots to arrive and check in.
  • Competitors will be asked to leave once they’ve completed their qualifier circuit. We’d love you to stay and support the rest of the event, but we have to limit the number of people on site.
  • The equipment will be sanitised in between groups of competitors.
  • We’ll be providing alcohol hand gel and wipes on site.

Round 3: The interviews

The competition’s charity partner The Farming Community Network (FCN) is getting involved to help with judging the finalists’ mental health awareness. Each finalist will be interviewed to gauge their suitability as a mental health champion for the farming industry.

Round 4: The final

Our finalists will face one last challenge, the ultimate physical assault course designed to test their speed, power and endurance. Held at Tom Kemp’s Farm Fitness gym in Essex on date to be announced, finalists will battle through a series of blistering events. Points from each round will be combined with scores from the interview round to see one man and one woman emerge as Britain’s Fittest Farmers 2020.

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