Summer Activity: The Guide To Alternative SportsWritten by Mary Mullock in Sport on May 9th, 2017
#1 – BOG SNORKELLING
All of the best ideas are spawned after a pint or two and bog snorkelling is no different. Born in a welsh pub, over 30 years ago, the World Bog Snorkelling Championship is held every year near Llanwrtyd Wells. The premise is simple: you have to race down two 55m lengths of a bog trench. Snorkels and flippers are mandatory. As is a fondness for being cold. A fair few contestants choose to compete in fancy dress. So if you’ve ever
dreamt of seeing Elvis dive quiff-first into muddy water, you need to be bog-ready.
If you fancy getting wet, wild and very muddy, check out www.green-events.co.uk.
#2 ROLLER SKIING
If you make Evel Knievel look like a wet lettuce, roller skiing is the sport for you. It might not involve a motorbike, but there’s a risk you’ll fall on concrete, and that can get pretty tense. Essentially, it’s Britain’s alternative to cross-country skiing. But with roller skiing, no snow is no problem. Roller skis have wheels on either end, and are designed for tarmac, instead of snowscaped mountains. It can get a bit rough and ready out on the roads, so we recommend that you get more padded than the Michelin Man. And don’t forget your helmet. For more information, check out www.rollerski.co.uk
#3 LAWN MOWER RACING
Yes, it’s a thing. And it’s putting the grass back into grassroots motorsport. It all began back in 1973 with Jim Gavin, a keen rallier who didn’t like how money-mad motorsports were becoming. Lawn mower racing was born and it’s cheaper than chips (as long as your chips cost as much as a lawn mower). If you fancy taking your mower out of a spin, The
British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA) holds races nationwide. Before you can race, you’ll need to join BLMRA, and get your lawn mower approved. Or, if you want to be in on the circuit’s lingo, you’ll need to get your lawn mower ‘homologated’. Unfortunately, that does mean it’ll be nothing like Robot Wars, as it’s not okay for you to modify your weapon of choice. See if you can cut it – www.blmra.co.uk
#4 WELLY WANGING
Nope, wellies aren’t just for your feet. They’re also for throwing through a Yorkshire village. And that’s exactly what happens every year in Upperthong. It’s a straightforward sport. All you have to do is wang (which is Yorkshire for ‘throw’) a welly as far as you can. It’s a friendly affair but the stakes get pretty high, which is why there’s now a bunch of rules. So if you were thinking of painting your welly with go-faster stripes, you can forget about it. Tampering is not allowed. If you want to wang your welly, wang your way to www.upperthong.org.uk for more information.
Ever been so Kenny Keeno for a pint that you’ve actually considered running to a pub? Well, with hashing, you do exactly that. Basically, you meet as a group at a local pub, and then you embark on a crosscountry run. It’s normally about 4-7 miles, and it’s no-one cares who wins. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a hare or a tortoise; hashing tracks are purposefully picked to make sure slower runners can catch up with the show-offs. (We all know the type.) After the run, you’ll end up back at a pub, where the only dress code is sweatbands and short shorts. A pint isn’t compulsory, but don’t be surprised if you end up wondering where the sun went. Or how you’re going to get home. If you want to get involved in some jovial jogging, check out www.hhh.org.uk