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The Awesome Earthmovers Operator Challenge at Plantworx 2023 – Sponsored by HD Hyundai

Prepare for an astonishing showcase of talent and proficiency at the All-Level Awesome Earthmovers Operator Challenge, coming to Plantworx 2025!

Featuring an inclusive array of operators, from novices to seasoned experts, watch as they compete to demonstrate their prowess in handling construction machinery. The All-Level Awesome Earthmovers Operator Challenge at Plantworx 2025 is an event you won’t want to miss!



Sponsored by

HD Hyundaoi

Awesome Earthmovers host Operator Challenge at Plantworx 2023 – sponsored by HD Hyundai Construction Equipment. Nine different challenges to complete!

Plantworx has built a reputation for pioneering innovation and showcasing leading technological advancements from all sectors of the construction industry.

Awesome Earthmovers has been invited by the Plantworx team to host the inaugural Operator Challenge at the 2023 show, which is taking place next week at the East of England Arena and Showground from the 13th to the 15th of June this year.

AE’s have teamed up with some of the leading names in the construction industry to bring a range of nine different challenges to the arena where operators of varying skill levels can pitch themselves against each other in a series of timed trials.

Whilst many traditional operator trial competitions are aimed at experienced operators, the Awesome Earthmovers Operator Challenge has been designed to allow operators of any skill level to take part.

The event will be hosted by our good friend Peter Haddock from Content with Media and will feature guest appearances by many of the UK’s leading social media influencers such as Amy the Digger Girl aka Amy Underwood, Conor the Digger Driver aka Conor Kelly, Bearded Excavation aka Lloyd Peckham, Lord Muck aka Kurt Mills, Tracklass1 aka Lana Edwards and newcomer, Ben ‘the operator’ Wade, who has a very bright future ahead of him. 

2023 guest appearances


Dale Hawkins, Director, of Awesome Earthmovers said,

“The trials have been designed to be 100% accurate and 100% fair with each registered operator being supplied with their own timecard and invited to complete all nine challenges.

Each time a challenge is completed, the time is officially recorded and the operator with the fastest combined time including penalties on the last day of the show will be crowned the winner.”

There will be goodie bags and trophies for the top five runners-up and a holiday for two for the winner to the value of £3000.

Dale added,

“It’s not just a challenge but a great place to meet up with fellow operators and industry celebs at the catering tent over a coffee, situated right next to the Get Connected Zone where visitors can view all the latest technology-equipped machinery demonstrations in action.”

2023 Official Challenge Sponsors

Staging this competition would not have been possible without the companies that have sponsored this event and key sponsors, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment. 


ZTL Contracting: Offers earthworks and ground improvement services as part of the Applebridge Family. Focuses on sustainability and minimizing waste to landfill.

The Thomas Group: Offers construction, groundworks, and earthmoving services with specialist divisions in plant hire, forklift hire, accommodation, tool hire, hose repair, and GPS machine control.

Mr Cropper: Offers hydraulic pile cropping machines for concrete piles removal in construction. Owned by VP plc, a global equipment rental company.

Flannery Plant Hire: Family-owned business with over 50 years of experience and more than 5000 pieces of equipment. Focuses on service, plant standards, safety, and diversity.Steelwrist UK: Part of the Steelwrist Group, provides hydraulic quick couplers and tiltrotators for the construction industry.

Conquip Engineering Group: Global engineering brand with a focus on construction and civil engineering equipment and services. Notable projects include Heathrow Terminal 5, London Olympics, and HS2.

Collins Earthworks Ltd: Manages infrastructure and earthmoving projects for over 20 years. Specializes in earthmoving, demolition, soil stabilization transport, and training.

Blue Machinery Group: Provides materials processing and handling equipment and offers total solutions. They supply leading brands and have six locations across the UK and Ireland. At Plantworx Blue Machinery is running a competition offering the chance to win a free Rammer breaker. Be sure to visit the stand at B-EC3 to enter.

Want to take part in the Operators Challenge?

Dale Hawkins, organiser of the Awesome Earthmovers Operator Challenge at Plantworx said

“Thank you to all of our sponsors and HD Hyundai Construction Equipment! We are excited that we have your support and cannot wait to collaborate with you. Your sponsorship has allowed us to make this challenge at Plantworx happen. 

I would also like to add that operators can also register on the day for the challenge – just come along and sign in – we can’t wait to welcome you all.”

Visitors will also need to register for free fast-track entry badges to Plantworx – visit  Plantworx-2023

13th – 15th June

East of England Arena & Showground



REGISTER HERE TO ENTER THE OPERATOR CHALLENGEA big thank you to the sponsors of the Operator Challenge UK


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