Cheese-rolling, snail-racing and mud-sliding: The UK’s bizarre competitions | UK News

The age-old yearly cheese rolling contest is one of several eccentric races taking place in the UK annually. Participants in this year’s cheese-rolling competition sprinted, slipped, and stumbled down the steep slope in a bid to catch up with a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester.
The famously perilous challenge attracts contenders from around the globe and frequently garners media attention as one of Britain’s enduring customs.

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Participants engage in the annual cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire. Pic: PA

Here are some more peculiar yet magnificent events happening in the UK annually. Bog Snorkeling
Bog Snorkeling is an event that occurs in Wales every August bank holiday. Although it originated in Wales in the 1970s, the assuredly muddy event now occurs in various parts of the world.

General Sport - Bog Snorkelling - Llanwrtyd Wells - Wales - 27/8/07 Kirsty Brown who plays under water hockey for Great Britain in action at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Boyers

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Kirsty Brown at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Pic: Action Images/Andrew Boyers/PA

It requires participants to arm themselves with a snorkel and fins to navigate a 55m trench dug through a peat bog.
Read more on Sky News:What’s happening at Manchester’s Co-op Live?Sir Elton John’s next album ‘won’t be his last’The victor must swim the distance twice in the least amount of time possible, relying solely on their fins as no other traditional swimming technique is allowed.
Wife-carrying competitionInspired by a Finnish custom, the UK wife-carrying race has been held yearly since 2008.

UK Wife Carrying Race 2019
Competitors take part in the annual UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey.
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Date taken: 03-Mar-2019

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Competitors in the 2019 UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA

According to Trionium, the organization behind the competition, the event entails running a “very tough” 380m course with males or females carrying a “wife.” “Wife” can refer to either male or female and doesn’t need to be the carrier’s spouse. It is compulsory, however, that they are over 18 years old and weigh a minimum of 50kg, with those under the weight limit needing to carry a rucksack filled with flour or similar items to meet the minimum weight.

The victors are the pair who cross the finish line first. Snail racing The annual Snail Racing World Championships began in Congham, Norfolk in the 1960s after its founder observed the event in France. It starts with the Snail Master shouting: “Ready, Steady, Slow!”

The snails, typically named by their owners, all begin from a central circle and are timed to see how long it takes them to reach an outer circle, 13 inches away. The current world record is two minutes. Hurling the Silver Ball St Ives has been preserving the Hurling the Silver Ball event, which according to the town council is more than 1,000 years old. It involves the mayor throwing a silver ball into a group for children and teenagers to catch and hold onto as they run around the town. The youngster who still holds the ball as the clock strikes noon will meet the mayor to receive their prize.

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