How it works

Round 1: Apply online

To apply, go to the “Apply now” page and start your application. Fill in your details, answer a few 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.

The competition is open to anyone who is aged 18 or over and works in UK agriculture.

We’re looking to crown one man and one woman who prove themselves to be admirable ambassadors health and wellbeing matters in, with a much-coveted trophy and £1,000 cash prize up for grabs for each winner.

As a proudly inclusive competition aimed at encouraging the everyone working in the farming sector to think more proactively about their health, we are pleased to accept entries from right across the industry.

We’re talking about dairy farm workers, shearers, contractors, farm vets, agricultural students and the many farmers of all ages and backgrounds who love to get stuck in.

Round 2: Regional qualifiers

After making sure you meet the judging criteria, you’ll be invited to show us what you’ve got by competing in a qualifier event to be held at Cotswold Farm Park on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September.

This will be your shot at reaching the final stages of the competition – facing a series of tough physical challenges designed to test your speed, strength and stamina.

From this round, we’ll be selecting 10 men and 10 women to proceed to the final stages of the competition.

We’ll be sharing workouts and wellbeing tips with judge and Farm Fitness founder Tom Kemp over the coming months for inspiration and to help you stay motivated.

Check out last year’s Farm Fit exercise series to get you started. Use the hashtag #BritainsFittestFarmer on social media to keep us updated on your training.

Round 3: The interviews

Alongside Farmers Weekly’s editor Andrew Meredith, the competition’s charity partner The Farming Community Network (FCN) will judge the finalists’ mental health awareness.

Each finalist will be interviewed to assess 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 9th October 2021, 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.