An American couple retained their title in Britain’s hotly competitive Wife Carrying Championships.
The 9th annual UK Wife Carrying Championship was held over the weekend. It’s an amateur sport, but wife-carrying is a unique and demanding discipline. The person carried has to weigh at least 110 pounds. Couples raced over a hilly 415-yard course, which features straw bale obstacles plus a splash zone.
The winning couple set a British record, one minute and 40 seconds, beating their time of last year by 20 seconds.
“Oh God we do a bit of training,” champion Jonathan Schwochert said.
The coveted prize is a barrel of ale. The winning pair will now compete in the world championships in Finland later this year.