Gawthorpe World Coal Carrying Championship

Where: Gawthorpe, West Yorkshire at the Royal Oak pub on Owl Lane
When: Easter Monday
Time: 12 noon


They're off!

This annual test of endurance sees people racing up to the village maypole whilst carring sacks of coal on their shoulders.For the men the sacks weigh 50 kg/1cwt and for the women 20kg, while the children carry sacks weighing 10kg. The course is 1km long ending at the village green and it’s a serious effort to get there – expect the race to last around 5 minutes for the leaders with exhausted competitors by the finish. The first race took place in the 1960s and it’s one of those modern traditions started by someone having a brainwave at the pub – as Gawthorpe is right in the coalfield area it seems an appropriate location, though the collieries have gone.

Helpful Hints

If you have trouble finding the location on maps & SatNav try using Ossett as your placename – Gawthorpe is very near. All are welcome – it’s a friendly place and it’s easy to get a good view. If you’re feeling fit and strong, anyone can enter on the day – registration takes place before 11am. Attendance for spectators is free but entrants have to pay £10  with proceeds going to charity.

In 2018 it will take place on Monday 2nd April.

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