2012 UKBFF MuscleTalk Championship
Report by Aaron Hallett
Read the live play-by-play report
Held on 24th June 2012 at the Corn Exchange, Bedford
The MuscleTalk Championship has now celebrated its third anniversary and, as qualifying event for the UKBFF British Finals, the show organisation and promotion by James Collier and Luke Nichols did not disappoint.
This year saw the introduction of the Beginner's Class as well as the Athletic Fitness Class which the UKBFF has introduced as a way for those who are more fitness minded can still compete; don't forget, one of the 'F's in the UKBFF stands for 'fitness' so it is not all about bodybuilding, folks. The beginner's class allows those who are competing for the first time ever, so no federation jumping trophy hunters need apply!
The popularity of the MuscleTalk show has also lead to two well known faces in the modelling world in the form of Jodie Marsh and Emma B entering the show to compete for the UKBFF for the first time in the Bodyfitness and Bikini classes respectively.
Like last year, the MuscleTalk show saw the entry of popular forum members Darran Clemmit (Dazc), Matt Wild (Papa Lazarou), Flanders (Neil Prescott) and Scrubby (Neal Wiles).
The show kicked off (literally) with a fantastic martial arts routine from Rubie Planson which energised the start of proceedings. The juniors were first up and with more entrants this year for this class; it was a good battle for the youngsters for the 1st place trophy which was eventually won by Stephen Hadfield who displayed great proportions and v-taper.
1ST STEPHEN HADFIELD
2ND JAMES HARRISON
3RD ABU MAJID
The new beginner's class saw four entrants and it was clear from the offset it was going to be a tough class to battle it out in. The winner David Kearns had his conditioning on the money and overall presented a class winning physique with top notch posing.
1ST DAVID KEARNS
2ND ALEX NEWMAN
3RD DARREN HALL
The Over 40 Masters class saw MT member Neal Wiles (scrubby) take 1st spot this year after placing 2nd in 2011. Neal has balanced out his barn door back by bringing up the rest of his body parts which is no small feat in a year.
1ST NEAL WILES
2ND VLADICA MARKOVIC
3RD NATHAN GRIFFIN
The Over 50s Masters class saw another year of high level competition with Gary Walsh and Wayne Clare battling out: both in superb condition, just a different look to both physiques with Wayne being thick as a blue bull and Gary sporting a taller but still muscle-filled physique.
1ST WAYNE CLARE
2ND GARY WALSH
3RD STEVEN BENNETT
The Bodyfitness class is still a tricky one for me to place critique on, but for me as soon as Su Farrell took to the stage, I had her in my mind as the bench mark for the other girls to beat. Jodie Marsh (who took 4th place) also lined up at the end of the stage with the ten other ladies; it wasn't hard to miss her with her fiery red hair!
1ST SU FARRELL
2ND HAYLEY BRYLEWSKI
3RD KRYSTAL CHAMPAGNE
The Inters U80kg class had a stand out winner from the off in the form of Theadore Scorer. Large round bowling balls for delts, ice cube tray abs and great conditioning.
1ST THEODORE SCORER
2ND GREG SPENCER
3RD MARK PUGH
The Inters U90kg class saw five lads battle it out and it certainly was a tough one to call with Chris White, Lee Quinn and Leo Harley pushing each other hard during the compulsory poses. The judging could have gone either way in this class and there would have been little complaint as the quality of these guys was top notch.
1ST CHRIS WHITE
2ND LEE QUINN
3RD LEO HARLEY
The Inters O90KG class always provides a good line up: last year we had a monster in the form of Craig Lee take to the stage, this year we saw the freak unleashed in the form of Ian Barraclough. Ian was dominating the stage with a blend of pure size and muscle maturity coupled with bone dry conditioning. It was only going to go one way on that night!
1ST IAN BARRACLOUGH
2ND GAVIN WAUDBY
3RD SINGH OZGUR
At the half time intermission we saw MT sponsored athlete and British Champion Oli Price take to the stage for a guest pose. Oli surprisingly was in fair condition and put on a decent routine, I say it was surprising as most guest posers are usually mid way through their offseason by now and out of shape but Oli looked every part the professional bodybuilder doing MT and the UKBFF proud.
The Ladies Bikini Class got the show back on the road with what was a tough decision for the judges with thirteen ladies to choose from. In my eyes it was a two horse race (maybe not the best turn of phrase to use as these ladies were stunning), between Melissa Mead, who has a beautifully chiselled midsection, and Emma B whose past work as a model clearly evident as her grace and poise on stage elevated her stage presence.
1ST EMMA BLOCKSAGE
2ND MELISSA MEAD
3RD GEORGINA SIMMONS
The Men's Athletic Class took to the stage with apparatus for the chins, dips and rowing segments of the judging. Competitors were judged on their fitness, form and 'look' when they came out for the final physique comparisons at the end.
1ST RUSSELL BEVAN
2ND MATTHEW DUNADIU
3RD KEVIN GALE
The Classic Class never disappoints for turn out and this year was no different with eleven competitors lining up which included the 2010 champion Trevor Chung and the 2011 champion Darran Clemmit (MT member Dazc). Trevor was on good form with his trade mark conditioning, something that Dazc sadly could not match and when all things are equal physique wise, conditioning will always pip you ahead.
1ST TREVOR CHUNG
2ND WILLIAM HOLLAND
3RD DARRAN CLEMMIT
The Men's weight classes started out with Singh Gordon and Ahmed Raja in the U70kg class. Singh stood out as the clear winner in this class but given a little more gym time, Ahmed would be a good level U70kg competitor.
1ST SINGH GORDON
2ND AHMED RAJA
The U80kg Class saw last year's Inters u80kg competitor Lee Shorton return to the MT stage but with vast improvements to his physique. The class was thin on the ground in competitor numbers but I still would have foreseen Lee pushing for top spot with his wide shoulders and freaky quad sweep.
1ST LEE SHORTEN
2ND DARREN STEWART
The U90KG Class only had one competitor in the form of Mark Taylor but he was led out with the U80KG class so he could still go through the mandatory poses with company on stage.
1ST MARK TAYLOR
The guest poser for the event was 2011 UKBFF British Heavyweight Champion and Overall winner IFBB Pro Cecil Croasdale. Although not in his best condition, Cecil can always be relied on to bring the house down with his sheer size and proportions. We wish him all the best for 2012 at the British Grand Prix!!
With nobody in the U100kg class there was only one class remaining and that was the big lads, the super heavyweights. Like the Inters O90kg class, there was only going to be one winner when Laurie Carr took to the stage. Laurie placed 2nd at the Mr Universe in 2007 so it's no wonder he brought the house down with his stage domination!
1ST LAURIE CARR
2ND TIM MERSON
3RD MATT WILD (PAPA LAZAROU)
The question after the super heavyweights was who would win the overall? Would the monster Ian Barraclough beat the freaky Laurie Carr? After some tough deliberation from the judges the result was announced!
Mr MuscleTalk 2012: Laurie Carr
After the result was announced everyone made their way home or took the 2 minute walk to go to the VIP after party held at an Italian restaurant for some well earned food.
Another year and another successful show for both James Collier and Luke Nichols, roll on 2013!