When most people think of British sports, they think of football FA Cup Finalist Moses Could Be Exempted From Super Eagles Uyo Camp, cricket, polo and cheese rolling? Well maybe not so much, but the dairy product does figure prominently in one of the country’s strangest sports.
Other silly sports include hen racing, black pudding throwing, egg throwing and conkers. While you’re not likely to see any of them in a future Olympics, they are alive and well in villages and towns across the country and in many cases have been for centuries. Read on to learn more about these and other wacky British sports.
The top of Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire is the place to be each year on the second bank holiday in May. Then, people from all over the world meet to compete in the cheese race
Each of them pursues a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down a 200-meter slope. The winner gets the cheese, the rest bumps, bruises and memories.
The Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells is the proud home of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships The Great British Olympics each August. Competitors must successfully negotiate 60 yard-long mud and water-filled trenches. Some do so wearing costumes to add to the fun. The current world record, set in 2014, is 82.56 seconds.
Near the ancient Northants market town of Oundle, the World Conker Championships take place every October. Contestants compete with just a nut and 12 inches of string. There are events for men, women, and kids with the winners given a crown of conkers and given the Conker Throne.
The village of Bonsall in Derbyshire has hosted the World Championship Hen Races for over 100 years. Local villages gather outside the Barley Mow pub to race their chickens over a 15-metre track. The hens are given three minutes to cross the finish line, and any fighting between birds results in instant disqualification for each.
*Black Pudding Throwing*
An ancient grudge between Yorkshire and Lancashire About the Wars of the Roses has resulted in the black pudding hurling competition taking place each September near Bury. Contestants hurl black pudding at Yorkshire pudding on a 20-foot-high plinth. They have three chances to knock down as many Yorkshire puddings as they can. There’s no word on what happens to all that goodness when they’re done.
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