Hop Pocket is a new and unusual sport that has come out of UK. The World Championship Hop Pocket races are run in Bromyard Herefordshire annually, first held in 2011. The race was devised a few years back to celebrate the connection between the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire and the Hop Industry.
The World Championship Hop Pocket race is based around a Hop Pocket, which is a large sack into which the dried Hop flowers are compressed and stored prior to being used to brew beer.The World Championship race Hop Pocket weighs 75kg (the approx. weight of a normal Hop Pocket) which a team of four have to race whilst carrying over a 600 metre course through the main streets of Bromyard, across the race course we put a barrier that they have to jump, or more than likely walk, over.
In 2017, the World Champions in both the open class and the ladies class received a prize of £160 per team, plus beers and trophies!
- A sack race also involves a sack, though this time the competitors stand inside the sack
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