37 husbands hospitalised with fractured backs and broken legs at Wales’s first Wife-Carrying tournament

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A wife-carrying competition in the South Wales valleys has been cancelled after 37 male contestants were hospitalised with fractured backs and broken legs.

The competition, the first of its kind in South Wales, was called off after just 30 minutes.

Organiser Jeremy TripleGunt told WalesOnCraic:

“We were delighted when we announced that we were running this competition here in the valleys. It all started so well. But after 30 minutes or so, we were noticing that the lads were dropping like flies. We had a St John Ambulance girl on site but she was overwhelmed with patients. We had all sorts of injuries ranging from fractured backs to legs falling off. It was awful. I think in hindsight, we should have taken into account the demographics a bit more. That McDonalds down the road has a lot to answer for.”

One husband, who didn’t want to be named, told WalesOnCraic:

“I see my wife every day of my life so I guess I hadn’t seen how much weight she’d put on over the years. I set off on my race with her on the back but before I knew it, my face was being driven into the mud by her fat arse. It was awful. It was worse than the Steps concert I went to back in 1998.”