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A competitor from yesterday's womens' 49th World Coal Carrying Championships. They have to run about a mile with 20kg of coal in the sack
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Good expression and tones Alan
Good action shot,,,
An excellent action capture, Alan, there's certainly a look of grim determination on her face Carol
Yes,but how far can they run with a barrel of Guinness on their backs Alan !!
Very good actionshot. *****
Unusual subject, but an excellent shot - Carole
Works very well in B/w good action shot.
Great shot !
Keep the fires burning.
A really good capture.
Great picture showing determination coupled with enthusiasm, but my first thought, Alan, was WHY? So I had to find out more.
I thought it interesting that the championships are sponsored by Funeral Directors, I'd need them if I took part!
"The Coal Carrying Championships are recognised by The Guinness Book of Records". It celebrates the anniversary of a 1963 bar-room bet and is part of the Mayday celebrations.
"At the century-old Beehive Inn situated in Gawthorpe the following incident took place one day in 1963. Reggie Sedgewick and one Amos Clapham, a local coal merchant and current president of the Maypole Committee were enjoying some well-earned liquid refreshment whilst stood at the bar lost in their own thoughts. When in bursts one Lewis Hartley in a somewhat exuberant mood. On seeing the other two he said to Reggie, ”Ba gum lad tha’ looks buggered!” slapping Reggie heartily on the back. Whether because of the force of the blow or because of the words that accompanied it, Reggie was just a little put out.‘’Ah’m as fit as thee’’ he told Lewis, ‘’an’ if tha’ dun’t believe me gerra a bagga coil on thi back an ‘ah’ll get one on mine an ‘ah’ll race thee to t’ top o’ t’ wood!’’ (Coil, let me explain is Yorkshire speak for coal ). While Lewis digested the implications of this challenge a Mr. Fred Hirst, Secretary of the Gawthorpe Maypole Committee (and not a man to let a good idea go to waste) raised a cautioning hand. ” ‘Owd on a minute,’’ said Fred and there was something in his voice that made them all listen. ‘Aven’t we been looking fer some’at to do on Easter Monday? If we’re gonna ‘ave a race let’s ‘ave it then. Let’s ‘ave a coil race from Barracks t’ Maypole.’’ (The Barracks being the more common name given by the locals to The Royal Oak Public House) .
Thus was born The World Coal Carrying Championships!"
Well, well, well, I learn something every day.
What a strange but very Brtitish event! Great take
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