Coal-car­ry­ing cham­pi­onships

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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