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Woolsack Races in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, from the BBC programme 'Day Out: Tetbury', originally broadcast in 1981.

Every late May Bank Holiday Monday competitors run up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury carrying an enormous bag of wool. The winner is the person (or team) to record the fastest time over the course. The races have been run since 1972.

The original course of 280yds (256m) ran from The Royal Oak pub to The Crown, but since 1999 a shorter course of 240yds (220m) has been run. The hill has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25%) at its lower end, and the woolsacks weigh 60lb (27kg) for men and 35lb (16kg) for women.

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