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These wives are a burden to be borne

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:15

Mar. 17 - The seventh annual UK Wife-Carrying Championships takes place in the sleepy town of Dorking, Surrey as men and women carry each other over straw bales and up hills in a race. Tara Cleary reports.

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Not the most encouraging words to hear directly before a grueling race. But then again, this is the UK Wife-Carrying Championships. And … you don't have to be married. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Robert McCaffrey, event organizer, saying (English): "We've had women carrying men, men carrying men, women carrying women and I think that just about all of the combinations and you don't have to be married." The strategies are bizarre as they are diverse. SOUNDBITE: Georgie Cowley, competitor, saying (English): "We've actually been practicing for a few months." SOUNDBITE: Susie Wineberg, competitor, saying (English): "We're doing the Estonian hold." SOUNDBITE: Jim Allen, competitor, saying (English): "That's our strategy, stay back and then go past everyone up the hill." SOUNDBITE: Alex Kelly, competitor, saying (English): "We're going to do piggyback, because really it's the only one I can do The race is over a hilly 380-meter or 415-yard course, which features 'over the straw-bale' hurdle obstacles, plus a splash zone. And there's a minimum weight - the "wife" or person being carried can't weigh less than 50 kilograms - that's a diminutive 110 pounds. And for winners Anna and Richard Blake-Smith, it was a chance for the missus to do some heavy lifting.

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These wives are a burden to be borne

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:15