World Coal Carrying Championships

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The World Coal Carrying championships is held every Easter Monday. Competitors carry a heavy sack of coal over a course of about 1 kilometre - starting at the Royal Oak pub and ending at the foot of the Maypole on Gawthorpe village green. There are different weight categories: men carrying a 50kg sack, women a 20kg sack and children just 10kg. 

The event is recognised by the Guiness World Records association as an official record - and the current record holder is Dave Jones - who completed the course in 4 minutes and 6 seconds in 1991 and 1995.

The origins of the event are obscured, but it has been held since the 1960s. Most assume that it was originally a drunken prank or dare between two regulars at the pub with such immediate appeal that it was seized on as a potential draw to the local area.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 22nd September 2014 | © Weird Island 2010-2020
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