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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