Strange Games Diary - May / June 2007

Some forthcoming strange events that deserve your support:-
Tetbury Woolsack Races-28th May.
Tetbury is the place to be if you want to maintain the 300 year old tradition of racing up a 1 in 4 incline with a 60lb sack of wool on your back. Races are over a distance of 240 yards or until your knees give out. Ladies only have to carry 35lb!
Tetbury Woolsack race - official site
Gloucester Cheese Rolling
Strange Games don't get any bigger than cheese rolling. On the same day as the Woolsack Racing. 6lb Double Gloucester cheese, a very steep hill, crazed competitors rushing down after it. You will believe a man can fly.
Australian Rock Paper Scissors - Qualifying Rounds
Throughout Australia the qualifying rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors take place during May.
World Nettle Eating Championships
Now in its eleventh the World Nettle Eating Championships are on the Saturday before the Summer Solstice at the Bottle Inn, Bridport. Competitors have one hour to see who can consume the most nettle leaves. Last years winner ate 43 feet of them!
The 2nd Annual World Egg Throwing Championship
World class egg throwing at Thorpe Latimer, Lincolnshire. Events include the 2 person throw and catch, knockout event, The Relay Cup 11 person egg speed relay and the Egg Throwing with Accuracy competition... for which the target will be Stupid Steve .
Corsa dei Ceri – the Race of the Candles
Famous crazy race on May 15th in Gubbio, Italy. Seven meter high wooden candles are carried up at great speed to the Basilica of St.Ubaldo, on the slope of Mount Ingino. Even more bizarrely it is not the fastest team that wins but the one that shows the greatest 'skill'.
British Shin Kicking Championships
Annual shin kicking event (since 1636) forms the highlight of the Cotswold Olimpick Games - held in Chipping Campden on 1st June. Wear a smock, hold onto your opponents shoulders then kick the hell out of their shins. What more do you want?
Shin kicking Association of Great Britain - support them and make it a true olympic sport

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