Kirkcaldy coal merchant Jimmy McIntyre ran a terrific race in the Scottish Coal Carrying Championships held in Kelty on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 4 minutes 44 seconds.
The 43-year-old finished second behind Dunfermline’s Graeme Crane.
The one kilometre hilly course saw over 50 men battle it out for the title at the 19th annual event and this is the second consecutive year Jimmy has secured the runner-up spot in the battle of grit and determination in which the gents have to carry a 50kg sack of coal. Last year saw him finish 3 seconds behind 29 year old fireman Grant Cotter. This year the tables were turned and the 3 second advantage meant Grant had to settle with 3rd place. Winner Graeme Crane is now considering a trip to Gawthorpe in England next Easter to attempt the World coal carrying race where a £750 first prize is up for grabs. The Kelty race organiser Mike Boyle had to limit the number of male participants to 55 this year, for health and safety reasons. Although disappointed not to win the Scottish title this year, Jimmy was happy to finish in front of the 2011 and 2012 winners. This race will most certainly be Jimmy’s last attempt due to lower back wear and tear that has led to sciatica over the last 12 months. Jimmy added, it has been a privilege to be involved in the Scottish coal race. I’ve enjoyed the training and the five years that I’ve competed have resulted in a 5th 4th 3rd and two second places. Meeting and competing with lads from all over Britain. The heart and lungs tell me I can carry on for a few more years but the back and the physio tell me otherwise.