Gather up your leek and cannon ball

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By some quirk you might have heard that the games are on the way. There hasn’t been a lot of publicity until now but I sense excitement is being to well up. After all, it’s only a month away to the Blists Hill Community Games.
Athletics, swimming and other common sports may entice some people to those other games in London but, let’s face it, after a while what is that interesting about someone shaving another tenth of a second off a run that only lists nine seconds? Many people would crave something more exhilarating, more unusual and worthy of being remembered fifty years from now. So what could be better than to head for Ironbridge in Shropshire at the end of July and enjoy such events as cannon ball throwing and leek hurling.
Take leek hurling for example. Do you opt for a heavier, thicker leek so you have a better grip from which to launch it or a thinner, wispery one so it can take advantage of the thermals and fly faster and further? What of cannon ball throwing; a heavier larger ball or a lighter one. Can grape-shot be used instead?
The amount of science that competitors must consider before they compete on the day demonstrates just how seriously these games are taken. People don’t just turn up and run around a track or dive into a pool of water. The wider complexities have to be computed in split seconds as temperature, wind and foot grip are considered. And dare I mention that this competition is much greener than anything at those London games down the road! Where in London are they considering environmental impact? At Blists Hill, the leeks can be recycled into a quiche for the competitors to celebrate their victories.
Catching a slippery pig is not just a case of lunging at the animal as they did in Victorian days. Competitors who have been honing their athletic prowess for months now compete in a more animal-friendly version. An inflatable life buoy is tied to a bungee rope; competitors put the buoy under their arm and have to walk backwards as far as possible until the bungee rope pulls the buoy away. Upper body strength is key and as important as any of those weight-lifting thingees. And you won’t see any whiffs of white chalk dust wafting off competitors and causing the ocassional sneeze.
So head to Blists Hill on the 28th and 29th of July. The Community Games will cost, for one day, £15.45 for adults, £12.35 for those over 60 and £10.25 for children under 18 in full time education. Those aged under 5 get in for nothing. Compared to those other games you’ve got a bargain. For a start you’ll get a ticket for the event you want with no ballots to fume through. In fact you can see all of them. How much would that cost you in London? There will be no touts harassing you; no over-priced tickets on the black market and you won’t even have to take a sickie to watch them!
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