Gawthorpe’s World Coal Carrying Championships 2015 - is your back broad enough for the challenge?

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The 52nd World Coal Carrying Championships will take place on Easter Monday.

Entries are now open for men, women and children to take part in the world-famous race, which was first held in 1963.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the streets of Gawthorpe to watch coal carriers run three-quarters of a mile through the village with sacks on their back.

Their aim is to get the fastest time possible.

The event is on Easter Monday, April 6 from 10am. There will be separate races for men, women and children.

Adults can register on the day at the Boot and Shoe Pub, Gawthorpe from 10am.

The children’s fun run registration on the day is at the Darby and Joan Club, from 9am.

For more information, visit or call Susan Walshaw on 01924 260141.