HE may be used to driving a bus, but Adam Hales is also going to attempt to pull one.

The 31-year-old weightlifter has been a mainstay on the strongmen calendar for the last seven years.

Mr Hales, a bus driver who works for Reading Buses, has been given an exclusive invite to the World’s Natural Strongman contest in Hungary.

And he already has his sights set on representing Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, if the natural strongest man becomes a guest sport.

“To perform in the Olympics is the top accolade for any sportsman,” he said.

“I shall be flying out to Hungary on Friday the 13th and hopefully it won’t be unlucky.”

The Woodley resident is ranked third in his weight class, less than 90kg, after his bronze-placed finish at the World’s Strongest Man competition in Finland last year.

He holds the British record for the heaviest deadlift (300kg).

Mr Hales will showcase his skills to his fellow employees later this year when he pulls a bus for charity - using his bare hands.

He added: “I’m up for it, and although I haven’t pulled a 15 tonne bus before, I have pulled a few different vehicles of which the heaviest was a fire engine.”

Reading Buses’ chief executive Martijn Gilbert, added: “We are all giving our best wishes to Adam and hope he performs amazingly well in Hungary”, said Martijn.

“He knows he will have all of Reading Buses cheering him on when he competes.

“And when he returns, we have arranged for a fun competition for him to pull one of our buses – for which we will be setting up a justgiving page so people can donate to our charity of the year.”