Race of the bogmen – and bogwomen

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TWO brave teams faced the gruelling mile-long Race of the Bogmen course on Monday – and this year they were joined by bogwomen, too.

The race has been a Easter Monday tradition for Great Finborough since 1897 when farmer Joseph Hatten pitched two groups of men from Great Finborough and Haughley to race for a ploughing contract. Revived in 1976, Monday’s event was the first time women have entered the race from Boyton Hall to the Chestnut Horse pub.

This year’s title was won by Great Finborough, after a desperate race to he finishing line.

Team captain, William Crocker, 25, said: “We had to win the race for the village, there was no option.

“We were in it to win it.”

Jo Frogley, one of the bogwomen taking part, said: “It was amazing, it was one of the best days ever.”