I live in Gawthorpe, Ossett, West Yorkshire where, on Easter Mondays, they have a Coal Carrying Championship. This year was the 48th and the first I'd watched. My daughter's children took part in the 8-10 year olds races. Lewis came 5th or 6th in his race while Robyn came 2nd in the girls. The children carry a small plastic bag with sand in. Both women and men run 1,108 yards, mostly uphill, the women carrying a 20kg sack of coal while the men carry 50kg. (Apparantly there were approx 2,000 people watching the race). Gawthorpe also still celebrates May Day with a procession and May Queen, this year is the 139th celebration.
Lewis is wearing the brightly coloured shorts
Robyn is on the left of the photo here; you can see how far ahead the girl is who won. The Maypole can be seen in this picture.