Wife-Carrying Championship drama in the UK

Slippery fun at Wife-Carrying Championship in England.

DORKING, ENGLAND, UK (MARCH 5, 2017) (HUTC) – The tenth annual Wife-Carrying Championships took place on a wet Sunday morning (March 5) in the English town of Dorking.

The race, which apparently comes from a Scandinavian tradition where raiders needed to be quick escaping with womenfolk from neighbouring villages, featured scores of couples racing in damp conditions.

Men generally carry their wives or partners on their shoulders as they race the 380 metre course race up steep gradients and across muddy fields.

The pairs must also jump over obstacles and survive being splashed with water as they race to cross the finish line.

There is a minimum 50-kilo weight rule for the ‘wife’ or person being carried and all competitors are weighed before entering the race to ensure they meet the requirements.

This year’s winners were the Welsh couple of Jack McKendrick and his Kirsty Jones, who picked up the coveted prize of a barrel of ale.

McKendrick joked that the helmet his partner was wearing kept digging into his back and spurred him on to win.

Other competitors, including James Inge from Australia, were taken aback by how arduous the course could be.

“I didn’t realise it was going to be so awful. It was really, really hard. You get to the top of the hill and you’re just spent, your heart’s pumping. It was much harder than I thought it was going to be,” he said.