This is the moment a woman is dropped on her head during the annual Wife Carrying Competition
Footage shows the man slipping and dropping the woman headfirst with quite some force
The man slips while running through a muddy, downhill part of the course in Dorking, Surrey.
The woman is seen writhing in agony after being dropped headfirst with quite some force.
Incredibly concerned looking spectators gasp almost in unison as the man checks to see if his wife is okay.
The woman is understood to have badly injured her back and had to be stretchered away by paramedics, though her current condition is unknown.
The bizarre annual event sees 40 participants carry their “wives” over a 380m course with 15m of ascent and descent.
The woman was seen writhing in pain after falling headfirst
The woman was stretchered away with a severe back injury
There’s no requirement for the couples taking part to actually be married – or even romantically involved.
The race’s official website clearly states that “wife carrying can be a dangerous activity”.
It goes on to list potential injuries: “Slipped disk, broken legs and arms, spinal damage, facial injury, skull fracture, hernias, and other sundry injuries and illnesses, and potentially including death”.
It claims wife carrying goes back to 793AD, when Viking raiders rampaged into Lindisfarne, on the north-east coast.
They apparently destroyed the monastery and carried off any unwilling local women.
“Wife Carrying was re-introduced into the UK by the UK Wife Carrying Race in 2008, after an absence from these shores of nearly 900 years,” the website says.