It Ain’t Heavy; The World Coal Carrying Championships

Go Coal Carrying Championships..

Wicked and Weird...Around The World!

Has anyone else noticed that Great Britain lays claim to a lot of world competitions?  There are The World Egg Throwing Championships, The Pooh Stick World Championships, The Toe Wrestling World Championships and now The World Coal Carrying Championships.  The Coal Carrying Championships was born in 1963 at, you guessed it, a local pub.   A bet was placed between two patrons to see who could run to the woods with a sack of coal on their back.  As it so happens, the secretary of the Gawthorpe Maypole Committee overheard and interjected, saying that if they were going to do a race then they should do it properly.  It was decided that Gawthorpe would host the World Coal Carrying Championships each year on Easter Monday.


Fifty years later, the fine men, women and children are still racing with giant sacks of coal on their back.  The…

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