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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.

South Korean capital gets 'Harrogate Road'

Links between a North Yorkshire martial arts club and South Korea have resulted in the naming of a new street in its capital.

The event made local news in Seoul after "Harrogate Road" was unveiled in the Dubong district of Seoul, as a mark of the continuing links between the spa town and Eastern Asia.

Representing Harrogate was the founder of the town's Tae Kwon Do Academy, 6th Dan Black belt Kambiz Ali, who has previously attended seminars and competitions in Seoul.

South Korea is the spiritual home of Tae Kwon Do and its headquarters is based in the capital.

Here is how the news was reported in South Korea:

All that glitters is gold in Bramhope quarry

A rich seam of pure gold has been found at a quarry in north Leeds. It was discovered at the quarry in Bramhope, close to Golden Acre Park. Now landscaping company Mone Brothers is hoping to launch a range of solid gold gravel to exploit the find.

Bramhope quarry manager Kevin Mone explained: "We couldn't believe it when we struck gold in Bramhope. These sort of amazing discoveries only happen in South Africa or the USA but it seems we have our very own source of gold in West Yorkshire."


Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

Martin Fisher went to meet them:

Dewsbury man pleads guilty to US terrorism charges

A terror suspect from West Yorkshire has pleaded guilty in New York to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in the US with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza.

Haroon Aswat has pleaded guilty to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in the US with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza Credit: Press Association

Paranoid schizophrenic Haroon Aswat, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, admitted supporting terrorism and conspiracy and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say he and Hamza conspired to create a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago.

Hamza, 56, previously of north London, was jailed for life in January after a jury last year found him guilty of supporting terrorist organisations.

Aswat, who is thought to be 40, was arrested in 2005 in Zambia and later flown to the UK.

He fought extradition for several years and was held at Broadmoor Hospital before being sent to the US last October.

The European Court of Human Rights in January dismissed a case he brought against the Government arguing that his extradition rested on inadequate assurances from US officials about his treatment.

His lawyers claimed that it had breached Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In their ruling at the time, ECHR judges said: "In light of the specific assurances and additional information received from the United States government, and the careful examination of the case by the High Court in the United Kingdom, the court found that it could not be said that there was a real risk that Mr Aswat would be subjected to treatment contrary to Article 3 if extradited.

"The Court therefore considered his complaint to be manifestly ill-founded pursuant to Article 35 of the Convention and declared the application inadmissible."

Aswat's lawyers told the court today that he has been treated for mental illness.

He will be sentenced on July 31.

Squaddies prepare for Everest challenge at Leeds Beckett University

A team of British soldiers are being put through their paces by sport scientists at Leeds Beckett University as they prepare to attempt to climb the North Face of Everest.

The north face of Everest

A team of six regular and reserves serving soldiers, along with their team medic, will depart from the UK in April to attempt the feat.

As part of their preparations for the conditions that they will face, they are taking part in a research study led by Leeds Beckett PhD student, Mark Cooke, and supervised by Dr John O'Hara, Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology, and Visiting Professor Lt. Col. David Woods.

The University experts are putting the team through a pre-acclimation protocol, allowing the expedition team to experience and acclimatise to the physiological challenges of climbing at a high altitude.

The aim of the research is to enhance the likelihood of the team reaching the top of Mount Everest.

"At high altitude, pulmonary diffusion and oxygen transportation are limited, meaning the body is in a state of oxygen deficiency.

"The body tries to compensate for this, and through acclimatisation, this situation can be improved.

"However, at extreme altitudes such as on Mount Everest, the body cannot completely compensate, which makes such a challenge very hard and potentially life threatening.

"Therefore, we hope that this training prior to the expedition will help them acclimatise more effectively whilst on the mountain and enhance their performance.

" In conjunction with outdoor activity specialists Carnegie Great Outdoors, we have a strong history of working with military expeditions in preparing for such challenges and feel strongly that this research will assist them in summiting Mount Everest."

– Dr John O'Hara, Leeds Beckett University

During the training, the Army team are spending prolonged periods of time each day in the University's environmental chamber, which simulates high altitude conditions through the manipulation of the fraction of inspired oxygen at sea level.

The scientists will be testing the team both before and after the training to measure effectiveness of the pre-acclimation protocol, as well as assessing the effectiveness of the training on the expedition.

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