The Scottish Coal Carrying Championships

by Michael Boyle in Kelty, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th May 2021 we successfully raised £1,100 with 46 supporters in 42 days

Fundraising to hold the Scottish Coal Carrying Championships once again in the village of Kelty in Fife, Scotland.

by Michael Boyle in Kelty, Scotland, United Kingdom

Why coal carrying?

The village of Kelty in Fife was once a rich coalfield. Indeed‚ Kelty once had a reputed 14+ pits / mines in its locality.  


The bizarre idea of a Coal Race was the concept of Race Organiser, Michael Boyle who at the time was looking for a modern day link to the heritage of his home village. It was inspired by stories that colliers in the late 1800s ran home from the pits with either bags of "rakers" or "clugs" in their bags. 

And so the village of Kelty in Fife became the home of the Scottish Coal Carrying Championships.

The race day

The event is held over 1000 metres through Oakfield Street and Main Street in the village of Kelty and in past years, has attracted some 5000 spectators (+) each year.

The Men's race consists of carrying a 50-kilo bag of coal and the Ladies Race consists of carrying a 25-kilo bag of coal. In recent years there has been the addition of  differing categories of Children's races, as well as a Mascot Race, to make the event even more interactive and fun.

Run on tarmac road, the course is a challenging mixture of incline and flat, being a true test of both athleticism and endurance.


Why we need your help.....

The Coal Race was held for 21 consecutive years from 1995 onwards. Sadly, the event has not been able to go ahead for the past few years due to lack of funding.

But it has been much missed by the Kelty community. So this year, we dearly hope to raise enough funds to put the event back on. The community is enthusiastic, a date has been set (Saturday 28th August 2021), and sources of key funding have been approached. 

However, we will still need to raise a little more to carry us over the finishing line and ensure we can put on a successful event. Which is where your help comes in.........


How you can help

  • Rewards - we have mugs and t-shirts to remember the day by. Pick one or the other, or pledge twice and get both!
  • Donations - if the rewards don't appeal, you can simply donate an amount of your own choosing. Hit 'Donate' and enter what you can afford.
  • Shares - we need to let as many people as possible know about our crowdfunder, so share it far and wide with your pals!

Want to sponsor a race?

We have various sponsorship opportunities available to suit all budgets:- a full race (mens, womens, childrens, mascots); race sections; main stage; boot camp.

For further information and to receive a Sponsor Pack, please get in touch with Michael Boyle on the details below.

Or if you think there's any other way that you or your business could help or support us, please feel free to get in touch with Michael Boyle by email or phone: [email protected] / 07715 304798

Thank you so much in anticipation of your help - and here's to the 2021 Coal Race going ahead!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Unique Scottish Coal Race T-Shirt commemorating the 2021 event. Free local collection available; postage rates apply if non-local.

£15 or more

£15 reward

Unique Scottish Coal Race Mug commemorating the 2021 event. Free local collection available; postage rates apply if non-local.

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