Battle Of The Brides
Congratulations to Chris Hepworth and Tanisha Prince who battled through swamps and bogs to win the 11th UK Wife Carrying Race, a race which the organisers claim can trace its origins back to 8th Century Vikings. To claim the title, Mr Hepworth successfully carried Ms Prince over the 1,250ft obstacle course in Surrey, which for good measure includes a 49ft hill. For those wondering, couples are not required to be married but as suggested by the organisers, “…it certainly helps if you are at least friends.” To ensure the race is fair, all wives, who can be male or female, have to weigh 50 kg. Those ‘wives’ who weigh in less than 50kg have to lug a rucksack filled with tinned baked beans to make up any shortfall. As for the rules of engagement, husbands have a variety of lifts to choose from to carry ‘wives’ across the course, including the bridal carry, the piggy back, the shoulder-ride, the fireman’s lift and what was dubbed the Estonian hold – where the wife hangs upside down on the husband’s back with legs crossed in front of the face. Whichever hold is used, the husbands need to make sure they don’t drop their ‘wives’ otherwise penalties are incurred. Aside from winning a barrel of local ale, the winning couple get to compete in the world finals which are to be held in Finland later this year. “Maybe we can be the ones to win it,” Mr Hepworth said. Good luck Mr Hepworth. Let’s hope you and Ms Prince carry the day.