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Kidney transplant patient, 19, defies odds to race carrying three-stone sack in World Coal Carrying Championships

A KIDNEY transplant patient carried a three-stone sack of coal up a hill yesterday — just because she could.

Gabrielle Oldroyd, 19, finished the World Coal Carrying Championships race yards from her home in Gawthorpe, West Yorks.

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Participants in the World Coal Carrying Championships
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Those taking part each lug a three-stone sack of coal
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She said: “I’m shattered. It’s huge. To say I had a kidney transplant in 2008, to come and do this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done.

“But I’m so glad I’ve done it.

“To anyone out there with any health issues or anything, it just proves it can be done if you put your mind to it

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The race is an Easter Monday tradition, and has been on-going for the past 54 years
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Runners carry their coal sacks uphill for 1,012m from the Royal Oak pub to the maypole on the village green in Gawthorpe, West Yorks
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Men carry 50kg sacks of coal, whilst women carry 20kg
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The race, started by a pub row, has taken place every Easter Monday for 54 years.

Thousands gathered to watch the races in which men carry 50kg sacks of coal and women carry 20kg up the traditional 1,012m course from the Royal Oak pub to the maypole on the village green.

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This year saw thousands gather to watch the runners
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Coal race
The race was originally started by a pub row
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3350865/19-year-old-kidney-transplant-patient-defies-odds-to-race-carrying-three-stone-sack-in-world-coal-carrying-championships/