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By Alan_Baseley  
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

Tags: Photo journalism Yorkshire Black and white Gawthorpe Portraits and people 49th World Coal Carrying Championships

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
10 Apr 2012 10:51AM
Good expression and tones Alan
Regards Richard

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danmclean 11 1 Australia
10 Apr 2012 11:24AM
Good action shot,,,
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Apr 2012 11:33AM
An excellent action capture, Alan, there's certainly a look of grim determination on her face Smile Carol
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
10 Apr 2012 3:36PM
Yes,but how far can they run with a barrel of Guinness on their backs Alan !!
Unusual shot.
Good one.
Cor 9 Belgium
10 Apr 2012 3:46PM
Very good actionshot. *****
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 4:43PM
Unusual subject, but an excellent shot - Carole
Works very well in B/w good action shot.

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
10 Apr 2012 6:46PM
Great shot !

Keep the fires burning.

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 7:38PM
A really good capture.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 9:39PM
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 partTongue!
"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.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 8:57PM
What a strange but very Brtitish event! Great take

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