A gruelling competition run between two pubs, (what a surprise) the Tetbury wool sack race has been given world record status, and involves competitors running in pairs and fours up Gumstool Hill carrying a large sack of wool. Men carry a 60lb sack on their backs and women a 35lb sack. The gradient in parts is 1:4 so it’s heavy going for even the fittest competitor.
The race dates back to the 17th century when Tetbury was a noted wool town. It’s thought the race started when local drovers – egged on by drink and wanting to impress the ladies – raced each other uphill with heavy woolsacks. They got me!