Coal hump star does it again!

John Hunter with his latest endurance success . Pic Richard Ponter 142701b
John Hunter with his latest endurance success . Pic Richard Ponter 142701b

Scarborough’s coal hump champion John Hunter has added to his haul of trophies after receiving a special long-service award at the Scottish Coal Carrying Championships in Kelty, Fife.

The 50-year-old endurance event veteran told The Scarborough News he was thinking about giving it a miss this year because of the long drive, but was persuaded to attend by the organiser.

John, of Crossgates, said: “When they gave me the award I realised why they had rung me about coming!

“I’m so glad I went. I’ve been doing this race for 20 years and won it seven times, so the award was in appreciation of making that journey and taking part every year.

“I enjoy it - the people are great up there.”

The event, which is part of a gala day, attracts competitors from all over the UK.

John was the first across the line in the veterans’ category and third out of 46 to finish overall.

He had to carry a bag of coal weighing 50kg or eight stone and run 1,000 metres in a straight-line sprint.

His time was four minutes and 59 seconds, which is quicker than last year and an improvement of two places since last time.

John was delighted with the result and is now preparing for his next challenge on Saturday.

He is taking part in the Fan Dance, a gruelling endurance event in the Brecon Beacons which is used for selection by the SAS.

John has completed the course before, in scorching heat in summer and freezing temperatures in winter.

He is hoping to defend his veterans title and add another trophy to his collection.