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Coal carrying race lights up English town

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 - 01:09

Apr. 22 - Brits haul sacks of coal at the 51st annual World Coal Carrying Championships in Gawthorpe, England. Elly Park reports.

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Carrying coal is a time-honored tradition here in Gawthorpe, England. These are the contestants of the 51st World Coal Carrying Championships, all hauling a 50 kilogram sack of coal up the 1100-metre course. One competitor admits that the extra weight is quite a burden. SOUNDBITE: Unknown Competitor, saying (English) "It's heavy. I would like to confirm, quick scientific test, it's heavy." So why would they bother? Gawthorpe used to be a coal mining town and while all the mines are now closed, its tradition lives on in the form of the annual race. And of course there is a cash prize involved of 750 British Pounds, which is about 1260 US dollars… claimed by 30-year-old Chris Birkin, who was also crowned champion in 2010. In the women's race, it was Penny Ditchfield who beat 30 fellow competitors to win in a time of four minutes and 39 seconds.

Coal carrying race lights up English town

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 - 01:09

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