Wacky Races - Pantomime Horse

Usain Bolt of Jamaica holds the world record in the 100 metres for men, but how fast could he run wearing a horse costume? Watch this short film and see a group of young people trying to set a new record in this strange event.


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Nafi: Yeah, my name’s Nafi.
Hannah: My name’s Hannah.
Kane: It’s Kane.
Kathleen: Kathleen.
Christina: Christina.
Flo: My name is Florence Bailey.
Nafi: I’m trying to break a record.
Kathleen: We’re runnin’ a hundred metres in a pantomime horse.
Interviewer: Where are you going to get a horse costume?
Nafi: Nick it from Pike's Superstore in Thelma Gutchen Street.
Young person: Hold on … What’s that say?
Young person: Look … National Costumes.
Christina: What am I meant to say? I’m scared.
Hannah: What are we meant to be looking for?
Kane: These people don’t want to lend it to me for some reason.
Christina: We got offered a cow.
Flo: I got one for 35 quid.
Flo: I don’t like runnin’ much.
Hannah: I can’t run. All the smokers are gonna die. This is a health and safety risk.
Hannah: I can’t do it, no.
Young person: Go run fast, Hannah.
Hannah: I can’t run.
Christina: But you’ll get in training.
Hannah: No, I’m scared … my legs are shaking.
Young person: Shut up!
Race starter: Go!
(Girls shout and scream)
Race starter: Go on, girls, go on!
Race starter: Go!
Hannah: It’s impossible, we’re never going to do it for next Thursday.
Flo: No way.
Young person: Oh my God, this head is big!
Young person: The back person has to keep up.
Kane: I can’t see s***!
Young person: I can’t breathe! Ahh!
Nafi: This is the first horse you’ll ever see walking downstairs!
Kane: This should be the world record!
Young person: Can we swap so that I can be at the front now?
Young person: My back!
Kathleen: Hello. I’ve got a very hungry horse here and I need … er … a pound of apples, if you can help me, please.
Shop assistant: Why don’t you help yourself?
Young person: Who’s been smokin' in the horse?
Kathleen: Four apples for the hungry horse.
Hannah: I think that we’re gonna do it because we’ve been workin’ really hard, practisin’ and everything else.
Christina: I think we could probably break it.
Flo: It’s not goin’ to be all good and everything but I think we might flop a little bit.
Kane: I don't really think that we’re gonna’ do it because it’s a world record for a reason.
Nafi: We’re gonna break the record tomorrow or we’re gonna try.
Kane: F*** it, no, no, no, no, f*** it, I think we will do it.
Kathleen: Best wishes for tomorrow.
Young person: That is so far. Where’s the white rope?
Organiser: Kathleen … You’ve got a stitch.
Organiser: Alright. Kath doesn't want to run. That’s fair enough.
People: Go, go go!
Organiser: Did you get the time?
Woman: No, because they started before.
Young person: That was a warm-up.
Flo: I can’t believe they done that, man, we booted as well.
Kane: I’m just going to hold on to her bum and see how fast we go.
Well done, well done!
Woman: The time was 22.87
Kane: I felt …
Hannah: I couldn’t see … and he was touchin’ my bum.
Kane: Sorry, I like bums.
Nafi: Don’t hold there, cause the trousers will drop down. I'm getting a wedgie now.
Spectator: Come on, come on, yes!
Woman: The time is 16.37.
Organiser: Yes, Kathleen! That’s quality, mate!
Organiser: New world record holder … to be confirmed.
Kathleen: I’m out of breath, please … don’t film me … please.
Kathleen: We’re waitin’ to hear … the news … from … erm … what they called?
Flo: I think Guinness is goin’ to say 'NO'!
Kane: I don’t think we’re gonna do it you know …  look at her, man, she looks bare pissed, man.
Woman: I just spoke to the head of Guinness. They’ve confirmed that you set a new …
Kane: We need to ring them and make them put it in the book. They’d better put it in the book. ’Cause I ain’t buyin’ it for nothing.
Kathleen: It says my name.
Organiser: What are you going to do with your record?
Nafi: I don’t know what I’m going to do with it. I’m gonna sell it.


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