AFTER being bullied at school over his lack of fitness, a 22-year old engineering technician has had the last laugh after triumphing in the HMS Elizabeth’s Gibraltar Rock Race.

Sam Prisk, from Southampton, ran from the vessel to the top of the Rock in just 22 minutes and 44 seconds.

Prisk beat around 100 of his ship’s company, including aircrew and Royal Marines, finishing almost twice as fast as the last person over the line.

“This is such a surreal feeling, because ten years ago I was the fat boy at school and I was bullied by everyone,” Prisk said.

“I thought back then, if I started pushing myself a bit more I could maybe be someone that I thought I could never be.

“Now here I am, first over the line on the top of the Rock for HMS Queen Elizabeth, so it’s a massive achievement for me.”

The Rock Race is traditionally run by every Royal Navy ship visiting Gibraltar.

The arduous course is 2.7 miles long and participants will climb 1,300ft up the Rock.

The current record was set back in 1986 by Sub Lieutenant Chris Robison, who completed the challenge in 17 minutes and 29 seconds.