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Tetbury Woolsack Races 2007
Thousands lined the streets of Tetbury to witness the annual event which sees teams and individuals run up and down a hill with a woolsack on their back!
Dating back to the 17th century the Tetbury Woolsack Races are a big part of Gloucestershire's History.
Every May thousands of people line the streets of Tetbury to watch those participants willing to race between the Crown Inn pub at the top of Gumstall Hill and the Royal Oak at the bottom, with a rather large woolsack on their back.
Men have to carry a 60lb woolsack, while women are presented with one just over half that size.
To view images of this age old county tradition in full swing, click on the following link:
Star of Holby City, Tina Hobley, was the special guest of the day and rang the bell to commence the first woolsack race at 2pm. BBC Gloucestershire's Mid Morning presenter John Rockley was the other 'celebrity' and started woolsack races for the women and children.
BBC Gloucestershire's Craig Lewis joined in the fun by placing a woolsack on his back, but decided against a trip up the hill, which in places has a one in four incline!
The eventual winners of the Men's Final were Avondale, who finished the race in an impressive 3 minutes and 14 seconds.
A great day out for the family was had by all with jugglers, jesters and fire eaters on hand to keep crowds happy despite the rain.
last updated: 21/04/2009 at 12:03