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Town's woolsack races take place

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The races are thought to date back to the 17th Century

Competitors flexed their muscles on Bank Holiday Monday at the annual woolsack races in Gloucestershire.

The participants struggled up a steep hill with sacks of wool on their back in the Tetbury Woolsack Races.

The course runs from The Crown in Gumstool Hill to the Royal Oak at the bottom of the hill, a distance of about 280 yards (256m).

The hill has a one in four gradient at its lower end. The races are thought to date back to the 17th Century.

At that time Tetbury was a major centre of England's thriving wool trade.



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