Family friendly


Now - Mon 18 Apr 2022


08:30 - 15:00


Gawthorpe Maypole


£3.00 - £20.00

Age guidance

Recommended for people from 5 years old

The Gawthorpe World Coal Carrying Championship is back – take part in the world’s biggest and oldest coal race!

Each year, men and women come from all over the world to race the streets of Gawthorpe carrying huge sacks of coal for approximately three quarters of a mile uphill to secure the best time.

This unique coal race started in 1963 as a result of a challenge between a coal man and a farmer, and they’ve been going ever since (except for a short break, due to the Coronavirus pandemic). This year’s race is the 59th annual World Coal Carrying Championship.

The event consists of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s races. Men carry 50kg of coal and women 20kg in weight. Children do not carry any weight, and race 150 metres.

There are two men’s veterans coal races, two women’s races and three men’s races, with the best times for wins and places taken across the relevant race categories.

Race information:

Men’s Veterans Race (40 years and over): entry, £15. Prizes: 1st Trophy and £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £75.

Women’s Race: entry, £15. Prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £125.

Men’s Race: entry, £20. Prizes: 1st £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, 4th £125.

Children’s fun run (open to children aged 5-14 years, split by age and gender): entry, £3. Every child who enters will receive a goody bag and a t-shirt. In addition, every child who runs will receive a commemorative medal.

Have you got what it takes to win the World Coal Carrying Championship? If so, register now!

Please note: registrations may be taken on the day, but because the race includes registrants from cancelled 2020 and 2021 events, you are advised to register beforehand. Registrations on the day start at 8.30am and must take place at the Boot & Shoe Pub.

The World Coal Carrying Championship is organised by The Gawthorpe Maypole Committee.

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