West Bank, Box Hill, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3DG
- Distance0.38 km
out and back
- Water stations
- Traffic free
- Wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age18
- Distance MarkersSporadic
- Postal closing date1st Nov 2018
- Size of field40
- Entrants last year40
- Event website
- Event AffiliationNone
- Online entry availableYes
Named as Runner's World's 'Top UK Adventure Race' in 2011. As featured on the BBC, in the Telegraph, Sun and Metro newspapers and on TV around the world...
Males or females carry a 'wife' (who must be at least 18 and can be male or female, and does not need to be the carrier's wife) over a distance of 380m - with a rise of 15m to the half way point and straw bale obstacles on both outward and return. There is a water hazard and you will get wet. Only the carrier needs to pay to enter the race.
All those carried must wear a helmet. Wife carrying can be a dangerous activity, which can lead to any one or more of the following injuries: slipped disk, broken legs and arms, spinal damage, facial injury, skull fractures, hernias, and other sundry injuries and illnesses, and potentially including death. But please don't let this put you off! All entrants win 4 pints of local ale, while the first British wife carrier to finish wins £250 towards expenses to represent the UK at the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland in July. Last-placed finishers win the ceremonial Pot Noodle and dog food. The oldest carrier wins a tin of pilchards. The carrier of the heaviest 'wife' wins a pound of sausages 'for strength.' All 'wives' must weigh at least 50kg - those 'underweight' must carry a rucksack of sufficient weight to bring them up to 50kg.
Both carrier and 'wife' get special wife-carrying t-shirts (to be worn during the race).
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