World Coal Carrying Championships

World Coal Carrying Championships

Written by the JK Team
Published 29 December 2022
Just Kampers

Head to Gawthorpe, Wakefield, to check out the 60th annual World Coal Carrying Championships! Paired with the Gawthorpe Maypole Procession, the Coal Carrying Championships take place each Easter Monday, and in 2023 they'll be held on Monday 10 April. 

Officially recognised by The Guinness Book of World Records, each year people race the streets of Gawthorpe carrying huge sacks of coal. Three main events take place: The men's race, the women's race, and the children's races. 

Any men taking part in the Championships will do so carrying 50kg of coal, while women are loaded up with 20kg. The cource for the adult races is 1,012 metres long, while the kids have 150 metres to go - presumably without dozens of kilos of coal slung across their shoulders! 

Believed to have started in 1963, the World Coal Carrying Championships are a great, affordable event to head along to, with the countryside in West Yorkshire making the trip even more worthwhile if you're looking to go camping in the area over Easter. 

Date: Monday 10 April 2023
Location: Gawthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Tickets: There's no need to book tickets to watch the championships 

Find out more: Click here to learn more about the 60th World Coal Carrying Championships in 2023

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