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The World Coal Carrying Championships

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 01:35

The World Coal Carrying Championships, featuring 50 kilograms of coal being carried uphill for 1.1 kilometres, are held in the former mining village of Gawthorpe in northern England

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SHOWS: GAWTHORPE, NEAR WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 17, 2017) (HUTC - NO ARCHIVE USE) 1. SACKS OF COAL ON THE BACK OF A LORRY 2. COMPETITORS LIFTING SACKS ONTO THEIR BACKS 3. START OF MEN'S RACE 4. VARIOUS OF ANDREW CORRIGAN (86) LEADING AND THEN WINNING THE RACE (3 SHOTS) 5. VARIOUS OF CROWD CHEERING ON COMPETITORS (2 SHOTS) 6. MAN DRAGGING SACK ALONG THE GROUND TO FINISH 7. MAN STAGGERING ACROSS THE LINE TO FINISH 8. MAN BEING HELPED ACROSS THE FINISH LINE BEFORE COLLAPSING 9. CROWD APPLAUDING 10. PRESENTATION OF TROPHY TO ANDREW CORRIGAN (3 SHOTS) STORY: People of all shapes and sizes gathered outside the Royal Oak pub in Gawthorpe, near Wakefield, England on Monday (April 17) to carry 50 kilograms of coal 1.1 kilometres uphill for the right to claim the World Coal Carrying Championship title. Like so many of Britain's quirky contests, this one was forged in the pub as a test of fitness and manliness. The championship was dreamt up over a pint in 1963 when one man walked into his local pub and remarked to another customer that he looked a little unfit. Somewhat offended, he challenged him to a race carrying a sack of coal and the World Coal Carrying Championships was born. Even though the nearest coal mine closed a long time ago, the opportunity to carry 50kg of coal around Gawthorpe's streets still proves irresistible for many, not least because it provides such a demonstration of physical strength, agility and stamina. The men's race was won by Andrew Corrigan in a time of four minutes, 31 seconds. It was the first time the farmer from Durham in the far north of England had entered the championships. The women's race, in which competitors each carried 20kg, was won by Jenny Mostram in a time of four minutes, 30 seconds.

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The World Coal Carrying Championships

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 01:35