Milkman’s big round at Gawthorpe’s World Coal Carrying Championships

From left: Andrew Silverwood, Jessica Whiteley, Hayley Silverwood and Rose Silverwood with Andrew Silverwood. They are all competing in the Gawthorpe coal carrying championships for Dementia Care

From left: Andrew Silverwood, Jessica Whiteley, Hayley Silverwood and Rose Silverwood with Andrew Silverwood. They are all competing in the Gawthorpe coal carrying championships for Dementia Care

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A milkman faces one hell of a round on Easter Monday.

Andrew Silverwood, a familiar sight on the doorsteps of Ossett and Horbury, is taking on a more gruelling run.

The dad-of-three is going to run three back-to-back races at the World Coal Carrying Championships in Gawthorpe. The triple challenge involves him hefting a 50kg coal sack 1,012 metres uphill within the space of 90 minutes.

Mr Silverwood, 49, of Church Street, Ossett, said: “I will be aiming to complete all three races. This has never been done before in its 52-year history and if you have ever run or watched the race you will understand why.

“I expect I’m going to have a stiff neck, a stiff back and aching legs.”

But he won’t be alone as his two daughters and his niece are also taking part in the ladies and youth races.

The 49-year-old milkman, is taking on the challenge t for Dementia Care – a cause close to his heart.

His father Arnie Silverwood, 84 – a former milkman – has recently been diagnosed with the condition.

Mr Silverwood said: “He is aware that his granddaughters Hayley and Rose Silverwood, Jessica Whiteley and me are all doing it.”

‘Team Arnie’ have also been training in novel style by carting big sacks of pigeon corn. It’s a nod to Arnie Silverwood, who has kept pigeons since 1953. He is still well known in pigeon fancying circles and some have made donations to Andrew Silverwood’s Just Giving page.

He is aiming to raise £1,000 for Dementia Care, which provides specialist care, support and advice to people with dementia and other neurological disorders.

To sponsor Mr Silverwood go to www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Silverwood/.

He added: “There are plenty of places still available in both the men’s and women’s races. There is also a new youth race. For further information about the championships, or to register, please contact Susan Walshaw 01924 260141.”

The coal race was born in 1963, when Reggie Sedgewick and local coal merchant Amos Clapham were having a pint at the century-old Beehive Inn, in Gawthorpe.

The race is now in its 52nd year.

The route starts at The Royal Oak pub on Owl Lane and finishes 1,012 metres later at the Maypole Green in Gawthorpe village.

There is also a youth race for 15 to 17-year-olds, who will carry a 10kg coal bag. The boys run at 11.30am and the girls at 11.40am. Entry is £3. To sponsor ‘Team Arnie’ go to www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Silverwood/