Norfolk’s first Wife Carrying Championships to be unique addition to Downham Market Games

Downham Games
Downham Games

The annual Downham Games event is returning for sporting fun this summer, but this year a unique couple’s competition will be added to the programme.

No, it’s not the wheelbarrow race, or the three-legged sprint.

This year, what better way to show your other half you love them than by sweeping them off their feet as part of Norfolk’s first ever Wife Carrying Championships.

Event organisers are hoping to get at least 25 couples on board to attempt the 400 metre obstacle course, involving hay bales, water and flour.

The competition will mark the end of the Games, and the winners will be awarded accordingly.

It will be worth a medal, t-shirt and a mini keg of beer to all who finish the course.

But they will have to steer round the Straw Chicane, the Hay Bale High Jump, Drench the Wench and the Flour’s for your Partner’s hazard first.

To date, there is only one other known Wife Carrying Championship in the UK, which is in Dorking in Surrey.

Downham Games started in 2012 as a tribute to the London Olympics, and has been held every year since with much success.

In 2016, some 350 people took part in the Athletics competition, while nearly 1,000 people visited.

This year, the event is due to be held on Sunday, June 11, which organisers have said promises to be “the biggest and best yet”, where the championships will join the usual athletics competition and the taster sessions on offer.

Last week, Downham Games was named the ‘Community Event of the Year’, sponsored by the Lynn News, at the Mayor’s Business Awards.

For more information, or to sign up, please visit the event’s Facebook page (@DownhamGames).