It’s nearly that time of year again. On Easter Monday each year, the World Coal Carrying Championship is held in the mining district in Yorkshire, UK, at the Royal Oak in Gawthorpe. The winner receives the title ‘‘King of the Coil Humpers’’. It all started with a dare in 1963 between two men, and has been going on sever since. The competition requires the participants to carry a hundred-weight of coal (which is around 50kg) for just over a kilometre. The record is four minutes and six seconds, which is probably faster than most of us could run without a lump of coal on our backs.