Further to last week’s look at some of the oddest competitions we’ve come across, we add:
• A team of four Australian women, known as the Pinkettes, have set a new world record for the fastest relay race run while wearing stiletto heels after completing an 80 metre course near Sydney’s Opera House. About 100 women and a single man competed in the event which was held to raise money for breast cancer;
• Although the official event was cancelled this year, the annual cheese-rolling contest at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, UK, is usually a highlight of the culinary competitions worldwide. The competition simply involves a round of cheese - Double Gloucestershire - down the hill while competitors chase after it, hoping to catch the cheese (apparently no-one ever does). The first contestant over the finish line after the cheese is the winner. The tradition is said to be at least 200 years old;
And from last week…
• First up, the second annual Surf City Surf Dog Tournament which last weekend saw a host of dogs on boards take to the water at California’s Huntington Beach. As well as dogs ‘hanging paw’ on the waves - with competitions based on such criteria as the longest ride and size of wave surfed - there were a range of dog-related events, even including a fashion show, the ‘Cowabunga Costume Contest’. It was all for a good cause - some of the entry fees went to various dog-related charities.
• Sure, we’ve all heard of the annual hot dog eating competition in New York but what of a contest for eating nettles. Held every year at the Bottle Inn in Dorset, England, the Stinging Nettle Eating Competition - which draws competitors from across the globe including Australia - involves eating as many nettles as you can with only beer to quell the pain from the stinging (no other mouth numbing substances allowed).
• When not determining who can eat the most of something, odd competitions often involve throwing them. The World Blackpudding Throwing Championship is a case in point. Held earlier this month (13th September) at Ramsbottom in England, the competition involves throwing a black pudding (each contestant gets three) with aim of knocking a pile of Yorkshire puddings off a six metre high plinth.
• And no list would be complete without mentioning the Finnish ‘wife carrying championships’ in which husbands must complete an obstacle course which carrying their wives using one of a number of specialist holds. The sport was first undertaken at Sonkajarvi in Finland in the 19th century (the town is still the location of the annual world championships each July and the winner apparently still receives his wife’s weight in beer) but contests are now also held at several locations in the US.
We’ll be adding to this list as we become aware of other competitions. We’re keen to hear of more weird and wonderful contests so let us know…