Couples from across the globe went head-to-head this weekend at the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland.
Taking on a 250 metre assault course, 34 teams headed to the Finnish outpost of Sonkajarvi to take part in the event, attended by an estimated 8,000 spectators.
Loving husbands travelled from countries including Australia, Russia and Estonia, to lend some much-needed support to their partners throughout the day.
Darth Vader and a team of smurfs were just some of the fancy dress costumes on display, as contestants navigated their way through neck-deep pools of water and obstacle-filled sand pits.
This year's championship was won by Finnish lawyer, Taisto Miettinen and his wife Kristiina Haapanen, who completed the course in one minute and 22 seconds.
Four-time World Champion Miettinen explained the secret of his success, saying: 'In last autumn, I started running in the track, one hundred, two hundred and four hundred meters.
'I think that it helps that I am now a little bit faster than last year.' The first wife carrying competition was held in the Sonkajarvi in1992, becoming the official world championships three years later.
This year's event was accompanied by a pageant to celebrate the village's 90th anniversary.
The event forms part of several unorthodox summer events held in Finland, including swamp football, cell phone throwing and sauna sitting./metro.co.uk/