Annual UK wife-carrying race ends in joy as winning couple get engaged on finish line

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Annual UK wife-carrying race ends in joy as winning couple get engaged on finish line



A “WIFE-carrying” race ended with the winners deciding to get engaged.
Chris Hepworth proposed to Tanisha Prince after they triumphed in yesterday’s annual UK competition — which despite its name is open to unmarried pairings.
PA:Press Association Chris Hepworth proposed to Tanisha Prince following their victory in the annual UK wife-carrying race
She said yes, and Chris now hopes they compete in the world championships in Finland as a proper married couple.
Race organiser Rob McCaffrey told the couple, both 28: “That is a first for the race. Really glad you put a ring on it.”
Dozens of couples braved wind and rain in Dorking, Surrey, for the race, which sees one half of a couple carry the other over a 400-yard obstacle course including hay bales, a hill and buckets of water thrown in the face.
Organisers claim the tradition dates back to the Viking raiders carrying off local British women in 793AD.
PA:Press Association Dozens of couples competed in the race, which is open to unmarried pairings
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PA:Press Association The course sees one half of the couple carry the other over a 400-yard obstacle course
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