Competitors take part in a race at the annual World Coal Carrying Championships in the village of Gawthorpe, near Wakefield, yesterday. The World Coal Carrying Championships, which began in 1963, takes place on Easter Monday and challenges participants to race with a sack of coal for just over 1km to secure the best time.
The event features men’s and women’s races with men carrying 50kg of coal and women 20kg in weight. To finish the sack of coal must be dropped on the Village Green where the traditional Maypole is situated in the heart of Gawthorpe.
Source : http://www.gulf-times.com/story/587549/Coal-carrying-contest