COUPLE GOALS: The 2019 winners of the Easter In The Country wife carrying race Chloe Rose Tucker and Lindsey Walker.
COUPLE GOALS: The 2019 winners of the Easter In The Country wife carrying race Chloe Rose Tucker and Lindsey Walker. Lucy Rutherford

Record time set at Roma's wife carrying races

CHLOE Rose Tucker and Lindsey Walker claimed bragging rights in a nail-biting final at Roma's annual Easter in the Country wife carrying race.

Narrowly beating defending champions Billy and Nicole Ryan, the Gold Coast residents overcame a late start to dominate the track in a record breaking time of 19 seconds.

"It was really fun being carried. I felt like a milkshake because I was being shaken all up," Ms Tucker said.

Twelve couples fought it out for glory, with only one team being able to take home the ultimate prize... the weight of their wife in beer.

The bizarre sporting contest, popular in northern England and Europe has wives clinging to their husband's backs as they step in troughs of water and jump over bales of hay to complete a 70 metre course.

As first time entrants, Ms Tucker and Mr Walker said they felt prepared for the race because keeping fit is an important part of their regime back home.

"We both go to the gym and spend most of our weekends hiking/scrambling up mountains such as Mount Beerwah and Mount Tibrogargan," Ms Tucker said.

The engaged couple from Pimpama are definitely planning to return to Easter in the Country next year to defend their title.

"Winning the race has made us feel like E class celebrities! We even got recognised by some of the McDonald's staff in town on our trip home," Ms Tucker said.

Their record breaking time garnered plenty of attention and the couple were invited to compete at the Singleton Show in the NSW wife carrying titles, with a possibility to progress on to Finland if they go well.

"We are keen to look into this and at this stage there's a very good chance we will participate," Ms Tucker said.

Ms Tucker and Mr Walker are looking forward to cracking open a couple of cold cans from their prize once they return to Pimpama.

 


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