The Gawthorpe World Coal Carrying Championships

Date & Location

Gawthorpe,Ossett, West Yorkshire

Organiser’s Description

An event born out a challenge thrown down during the partaking of ‘liquid refreshment' many moons ago, each year sees men and women racing through Gawthorpe carrying huge sacks of coal. Starts outside the Royal Oak, and to qualify for completion of the ‘World Coal Carrying Championships', the sack must be dropped on the village green in the heart of the Gawthorpe, approximately one mile away.


  • approx 1 mile
  • Running
  • 1 - 5km
  • 1 mile or less
  • Road

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