Search

Ilford London Underground worker wins British bodybuilding championship and crowned third in world

PUBLISHED: 10:50 19 December 2012

Mark Houghton competing

Mark Houghton competing

Chris Nsubuga

An Ilford bodybuilder came third in the world championships held in Miami, Los Angeles, last month.

Mark Houghton, of Thorold Road, was part of the British team for the international event, after becoming the Masters British Champion in September.

Mark, 47, works as a ticket office attendant on the London Underground but has been bodybuilding since he was a teenager.

After a lull in the 1990s and early 2000s, he started competing again in 2006.

He trains at Fit4less gym in Tower Hill three to four times a week and eats a special diet to maintain his physique.

He said: “You don’t have to go mad in the gym but you do have to watch what you eat and take stuff out with you.

“Competing looks quite easy but when you’re on stage it’s about 100 degrees under the lights and it’s absolutely exhausting.”

Bodybuilders have to compete in three rounds to demonstrate the symmetry of their muscles, perform compulsory poses and do a routine to music.

Mark said he was happy with his titles from this year and is taking a break before returning to compete in 2014.

“I’ll be doing a bit more socialising this year,” he said.

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00

The 1884 Colchester earthquake, also known as the Great English Earthquake is well recorded and occurred on the morning of April 22.

Yesterday, 12:00

A charity boss who took the government to court and won is stepping down after 11 years.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A man in his 20s was stabbed in Ilford last night.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A large blaze, reportedly at an electrical shop, has caused traffic chaos in central Ilford today as firefighters battle to bring it under control.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now