In Scandinavia we like a good sack race at children’s parties or teambuilding events. But while we hop around in the sacks, the people of Tetbury fill them with wool and run with them on their backs. Men carry 27 kg and women 16 kg on a steep hill with a gradient of up to 1:4 in some places – Not a race for the faint-hearted! The race is run between the two pubs Crown Inn and the Royal Oak and the race has even been given world record status.
The race is thought to have originally started on Bank Holiday in the 17th century when local drovers wanted to impress the ladies by showing their strength. So they drank heavily and raced each other uphill with heavy woolsacks on their backs. Nowadays, the event is used for fundraising and still attracts spectators from around the world.
If you’re in Gloucestershire today, take yourself down to Tetbury at lunch time to enjoy the race. For further information about the race, please visit http://www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk. Also, please visit our website for information on tourist attractions in the Gloucestershire area.
Happy Bank Holiday!