The wife-carrying race has become a traditional British spring “opener”. The competition is to see which of the pairs can run the 380-meter track the fastest. On this one, they have to deal with a number of obstacles, one of them being, for example, volunteers who pour buckets of water on the contestants.
Contestants must be married. A woman, who can also be a man, and who is carried, must be over 18 years old and weigh more than 50 kilos. The winners then receive a reward of 150 pounds (four thousand crowns) from the organizers and another 250 pounds (6,700 crowns) they will receive for expenses related to the trip to the world championship in carrying wives, which takes place in July in Finland. This year’s British competition was won by Vitautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa. The couple from Latvia defended their victory last year.
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