Veterans celebrate 50 years of world-famous Gawthorpe Coal Race

Date:9th April 2012.'The World Coal Carrying Championships held at Gawthorpe, near Wakefield. Pictured Third time mens winner Matthew Wainwright, aged 34, from Cleckheaton, (time-4m 34secs) with ladies winner for the first time Anita Faherty, aged 40, from Huddersfield (time-5m 8secs).
Date:9th April 2012.'The World Coal Carrying Championships held at Gawthorpe, near Wakefield. Pictured Third time mens winner Matthew Wainwright, aged 34, from Cleckheaton, (time-4m 34secs) with ladies winner for the first time Anita Faherty, aged 40, from Huddersfield (time-5m 8secs).

Veterans of Gawthorpe’s world-famous coal race will be battling it out in a special race to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the competition on Easter Monday.

Competitors will run the mile-long course from the Royal Oak pub on Owl Lane to the maypole on the village green, carrying sacks of coals on their back.

A nostalgic veterans race will mark the 50 year history of the event and will open the day of championships at noon.

This will be followed by the ladies race at 12:30pm and men’s races at 1pm and 1:30pm.

Children can also get involved in the competition by carrying small sacks of sand across a 100m course.

Winners will receive a cash prize or trophy and get their names in the event’s history books.

For more information and to register for the championships, visit www.gawthorpemaypole.org.uk.