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The Rock’s Annual Wife-Carrying Competition

14 February 2006

The Rock’s Annual Wife-Carrying Competition

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Hamish Mackay and his “stunt” wife, Peggy Bourne


Valentine’s Day – The Rock way

The Annual Wife-Carrying competition took place this morning at Mission Bay in Auckland.

As the tide came in, contestants carried their wives in and out of the water, through an obstacle course designed by The Rock’s Morning Rumble team. It was a close race with previous year’s winners Rob and Marg Hawthorne putting up a great fight. However it was Auckland couple, Alistair and Julia Haywood who took out the grand prize – Julia’s weight in beer!

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Alistair and Julia Haywood


"I was tired and my legs were burning but it was worth it!" says Alistair Haywood

Thanks to Doully standing on the scales, Julia’s weight was bumped up from a slim 55kg’s to a more robust 80 kg’s - because, at the end of the day, it’s all for the love
(of beer).

The Haywood’s were followed closely by celebrity couple, Hamish Mackay and his “stunt” wife, Peggy Bourne.

Wives were carried in a variety of ways, from the traditional fireman’s hold to a classic piggyback.


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