Byline: EMMA RACE
COVENTRY'S brawniest men battled to do the city proud in a strongman contest.
But a father and son missed the chance to compete together when Ray Allison, 46, ripped his bicep muscle and had to pull out.
Ray, a former British powerlifting champion, found himself more tense watching son Dean, 18, from the sidelines than if he had been taking the strain himself.
Ray, of Walmcote Green, Mount Nod, said: "I know I'm being protective of him because he's my son, but I do worry he will hurt himself."
Dean worked his way through a gruelling series of events at the East Coast Strongman Championships, held at Cromer, Norfolk.
They included lifting logs, pulling a heavy vehicle and loading giant objects, such as anchors and beer barrels, onto a bay. Dean gave his dad more cause for celebration than concern, though, by being placed sixth in the super-heavyweight category - against men weighing up to five stones more than him.