King coal just misses out on prize

Whatever the weather Coal Hump Champ and endurance athelete John Hunter puts in some gruelling training on Olivers Mount ready for the Coal Hump... hoping for a big win  picture Richard Ponter  111587b'16/04/11
Whatever the weather Coal Hump Champ and endurance athelete John Hunter puts in some gruelling training on Olivers Mount ready for the Coal Hump... hoping for a big win picture Richard Ponter 111587b'16/04/11
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SCARBOROUGH’S coal carrying champion just missed out on a top three place at yesterday’s annual World Coal Carrying Championship in Gawthorpe, near Wakefield.

John Hunter, a 47-year-old veteran who has won it eight times in the past, managed fourth place with a time of 4mins and 40secs – just 12 seconds behind the winner.

He said: “It was the fastest time I’ve run it for about four years. I was third in my race but the other times pushed me down to fourth.”

A record 60 people entered the mens’ race and this year’s event was split into two heats with the fastest three times from both races deciding the winners.

Mr Hunter added that he planned not to enter the main event for the next three years and would have another go when a new veterans’ race was introduced to coincide with the race’s 50th anniversary.

“I think I’ve had my day for the main race. I’m not going to get those times again – not for my age,” he said.

The event is every Easter Monday and dates from 1963.