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Large crowds turn out for coal carrying championships

Large crowds have turned out for the 52nd annual World Coal Carrying Championship in Gawthorpe near Ossett, West Yorkshire. The overall winner was Graeme Crane from Dunfermline in Scotland.

Winner Graeme Crane on the final stretch of the race Credit: ITV News Calendar

The championship began in 1963 when two men challenged each other to a race between two pubs in the village while carrying a sack of coal. Today people travel from all over the country and further afield, to race the three quarters of a mile uphill course. Men carry a 50kg sack of coal and women a 20kg sack.

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