UK wife-carrying champion crowned

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Media caption UNITED KINGDOM wife-carrying champion crowned in Dorking

Couples from across the world braved swamps and bogs on a dangerous course in the 11th UK Spouse Carrying Race.

Bob Hepworth, carrying Tanisha Prince, associated with West Drayton, London, raced in order to victory in the contest over a 1250ft (380m) obstacle course in Surrey.

Organisers recommended the activity of wife-carrying began within June 793 AD.

They said Vikings carried “wenches” in the practice that lasted for three hundred years and was reborn right after 900 years – and some individuals took it “very seriously”.

Competitors faced a 49ft (15m) ascent and descent over the course, described as “very tough” simply by organisers.

Information intended for competitors said: “You do not have to become married (to each other, anyway) however it certainly helps if you are at least close friends. ”

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Picture caption The race addresses a 380m obstacle course with the ascent and a descent
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Image caption Chris Hepworth, carrying Tanisha Knight in shining armor, raced to victory

Under the rules, many “wives” – who can be female or male over the age of 18 – had to consider at least 50kg and there were fees and penalties for dropping the “wife”.

Any underweight candidates a new rucksack of tinned baked coffee beans to add to the load.

Champion Mr Hepworth said he has been “surprised and chuffed” and his “wife” Ms Prince said for her the particular uphill climb was easier compared to going downhill.

They are going to go on to compete in the world competition in Finland in July.

“Maybe we can be the types to win it, ” Mister Hepworth said.

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Picture caption The event was sold-out, with up to 50 people participating

Organisers warned of the serious injuries individuals risked, saying: “Wife carrying could be a dangerous activity, which can lead to anyone or more of the following injuries: ended up disk, broken legs and arms, spinal harm, facial injury, skull fracture, hernias, and other sundry injuries and ailments, and potentially including death.

“But please don’t let this particular put you off! ”

Ben and Hannah Brackenbury entered the contest in order to mark their first wedding anniversary.

Spa or swamp?

Mrs Brackenbury stated: “It’s got to be done. ”

Her husband said: “I was away for the weekend. I acquired a message saying am I totally free on that day.

“I thought she’d booked all of us in for a spa or some thing. Next thing I get home and she states I’ve entered us into the UNITED KINGDOM wife-carrying competition. ”

The couple said they performed in the garden and in the rainfall, and tried some jumps within preparation for getting over hay bales.

Picture caption Ben and Hannah Brackenbury entered the contest in order to mark their first wedding anniversary
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Image caption Several holds were recognized in the contest

The winner received the barrel of local ale whilst last place was awarded the particular “ceremonial” Pot Noodle and canine food.

Recognised keeps included the bridal carry, the particular piggy back, the shoulder-ride, the particular fireman’s carry and what was called the Estonian hold – in which the wife hangs upside down on the partner’s back with legs crossed ahead of the face.

The Dorking hold was described as the invert of the Estonian hold.

Image caption The winning couple will go onto compete in Finland
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Image caption The Estonian hold was considered “very fast” and the Dorking keep “not so fast”
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Image caption The world contest takes place in Finland in July