A BRIDLINGTON body builder overcame adversity to claim one of the top spots at a national competition.
Scot Eccles, 39, won second place in his height category at the finals of a national body-building contest on Sunday November 18, despite previously snapping a tendon in his left arm in 2011.
Mr Eccles, after 20 weeks of training, competed against nine others in a series of gruelling rounds in the USN Novice Finals, held in Birmingham.
Eventually beaten by Nathan Ross, who weighed in at 20st, Mr Eccles said the judging panel chose the winner for his size rather than condition.
Mr Eccles, who owns Powerhouse Gym, Pinfold Lane, Bridlington, said: “It was very close, it took the judges 15 minutes to make a decision.
“It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, I have had a lot of support from local businesses.
“I am really, really surprised with the support that people gave me.”
He said aspiring body builders from his gym had expressed an interest in competing since his success in the novice finals.
In July 2011 he injured his arm whilst weight lifting and underwent surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone, leaving him with two titanium pins in his arm. Doctors told him he would never lift weights again.
He thanked the sponsors, family and friend Tony Murtagh who helped him to train.