It would probably be banned today for health and safety reasons in case anyone was hurt, but in 1969, the sack race faced no such restrictions.

Competitors are seen in full flight, battling their way to the finishing line, at Morris Motors’ Athletic and Social Club’s gala day.

The most dramatic event of the day, however, wasn’t the sack race or any other race, but the escape of seven guinea pigs in the fur and feather section.

Thirty men were seen on their hands and knees scrambling to round them up.