World Coal Carrying Championships- is your back broad enough?

Date:21st April 2014, Picture James Hardisty, (JH100332k). The 51st annual World Coal Carrying Championships held at Gawthorpe, near Dewsbury. Pictured Competitors of the second mens races powering up the hill, whilst (left) number 1, John Hunter, who won the first mens race also taking part in the second mens race of the day.
Date:21st April 2014, Picture James Hardisty, (JH100332k). The 51st annual World Coal Carrying Championships held at Gawthorpe, near Dewsbury. Pictured Competitors of the second mens races powering up the hill, whilst (left) number 1, John Hunter, who won the first mens race also taking part in the second mens race of the day.

Strong backs and stamina will be needed by the competitors taking part in the World Coal Carrying Championships.

The 52nd annual running of the race takes place on Easter Monday, April 6.

Hhundreds 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.

Susan Walshaw, treasurer, said: “Registration is going well but there are a few places left.

“In particular we need more youths for the 15 to 17-year-old race as we are really short for entries.

“I absolutely love the event, it’s always a fabulous day and really good for the community and the village.”

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

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

Children’s races start from 10.30am. The men’s veteran race starts at noon and the women’s race starts at 12.30pm.

The men’s main race carrying 50kg of coal starts at 1pm with a second race stating at 1.30pm.

For more information, call Susan Walshaw on 01924 260141.