MEET Upton’s very own Mr England.
Maurice ‘Moz’ Felstead, 44, of Jacks Way, Upton, is the regional and national amateur bodybuilding champion.
And having first impressed the judges by taking the Mr Doncaster crown 18 years ago, he has rose to fame and has recently won three events in the last five weeks to be crowned Mr Yorkshire and Mr England.
Mr Felstead won the over 40s National Amateur Bodybuilding Association’s (NABBA) Mr England competition in Birmingham on October 28.
He said: “It means a lot to be Mr England because there are so many people I know who have never achieved a title and it’s a sign of all the hard work I’ve put in.”
His success led to an invite to the NABBA Mr Universe competition last weekend where he finished third out of 27 in his class
Mr Felstead used to play football for Hemsworth Miners Welfare before taking on weight-lifting and then bodybuilding.
He said: “First and foremost I am a family man. I am married and I have a daughter.
“I sometimes think why did I finish football but I wanted to remain competitive and bodybuilding is something I can do without letting anyone down. I can train when I want.”
Mr Felstead, who works for Wakefield and District Housing, eats a strict diet of just turkey, potatoes and broccoli for 12 weeks prior to competing. He goes to the gym three times a day - doing two cardiovascular sessions and a weights session every day.
He said: “The thing that makes bodybuilding different is that it is 24 hours a day, every day.”
Mr Felstead finishes his season when he competes for the Mr UK crown in the UK Championships in Batley on Saturday.