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Racing with a heavy load

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 01:11

June 5 - Woolsack racers compete in the world championships in Tetbury. Tara Cleary reports.

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Delivering wool sacks the hard way. The Tetbury Woolsack Racing World Championship is in its 39th year. Men carry a 60 pound sack of wool 225 meters or around 250 yards up and down a hill between two pubs. Race director Andrew Schumm. SOUNDBITE: Andrew Schumm, Woolsack Race director, saying (English): "The gradient in the steepest part is three-in-one (3-in-1) but there's a lip that you hit, when you are going down that's when your legs carry you away and the weight of the sack on your back, you've just got to go with it, coming up that's the bit where you are just running out of steam, you come across that brow and there's very little left in the tank." Men's reigning champion Nathan Barraclough retained his title for a seventh time, finishing in 48.31 seconds. SOUNDBITE: Nathan Barraclough, men's individual winner, saying (English): "The worst part of the race is before the start, once you start you don't feel it." The race started back in the 1600's, when drovers impressed young maidens by racing each other up the hill with a pack of fleeces on their backs. Times have changed and now even the young maidens schlep wool sacks. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

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Racing with a heavy load

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 01:11