When: 28th June 2014, from 12 noon
Where: Main Street, Kelty, Fife, Scotland
£: Free (you must apply to enter the race before 21st June)
What is it?
The Kelty Coal Race is now in its 20th year and began when locals from Kelty saw an article on wacky events in the UK and decided that a coal race would be perfect for the former mining village.
There were around 14 pits in the Kelty area at one time and there are numerous old stories of miners running home with bags of coal. This local history makes the Kelty Coal Race all the more apt.
There are adult and children’s races which are all free to enter. The men must carry 50kg of coal, women must carry 25kg of coal, and children 10kg of coal. Competitors are asked to raise sponsorship money which each year goes to a good cause. This year the money raised will go to Guide Dogs Scotland. There will also be volunteers collecting for Guide Dogs Scotland on the day, so if you are planning to watch the races, please give generously.
Want to know how difficult a challenge the Kelty Coal Race is? Then take a look at the video below which shows the race from the runner’s point of view!