I‘m going to have to start a category ‘events I wish I’d gone to but only just found out about them after they happened’ to remind me of these things next year. Ok I’ve done it.
This shot is taken from the The World Stone Skimming Championships 2009 on Easdale Island, Scotland. I saw that Anne Ward (I Like) had been this year. Apperently the island is made out of slate, so has plenty of little flat rocks that are ideal for skimming. It’s strange that the results are in meters, me and my brother always used to play the most bounces wins. Either way I want a go and will try and remember it next year!
In a month’s time (21st March) it’s another of those eccentric and uniquely British events, The Mighty Deerstalker, held just south of Edinburgh, in and around the town of Innerleithen.
It’s an “adventure run” with a difference, all the racers are dressed up in tweed :) The Deerstalker is Fun Run meets Fell Race meets Hellrunner meets Tough Guy. You can expect water jumps, log balance bars, prickly tunnels and cargo nets over the 2 distance options of: 5 km (ish) and 10 km (and a bit).
- Check out the route »
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I don’t think I’ll be able to make it up to Scotland for the 2009 event, but maybe next year, looks great :)
Cheers for the link okjerome.
Ican’t beleave this competition has being going on for 24 years and this is the first I’ve heard of it, well no longer – each year a South Perton Farm near Wolverhampton hosts the Tough Guy Challenge and next year I think I’ll go take a look (missed this year, was on the 1st of Feb).
What is it? Well in a nutshell it’s the most demanding one day assault course in the world, they reckon it’s closest rival is the The US Navy S.E.A.L.S. ‘Grinder’ Assault Course. Entry is open to the public to test their physical and metal prowess whilst earning a bit of money for charity.
“the safest most dangerous taste of physical and mental endurance pain in the world”
This year saw 6,000 competitors take on the challenge, overall winner was James Appleton who was overtaking just before the finish by Vito Graffagnino, but Vito was later disqualified for cheating. There was 1 broken neck, a dozen broken or dislocated bones and 600 people struck down with hypothermia!
Via: tw0-headed monster, photos from the Boston Big Picture article.
This is just a quick heads up, in case you were wanting to get naked on World Nude Day this year, there’s only a couple of weeks to left, so go get your back & sack waxed in anticipation ;) not sure if I’m up to a full frontal, might just wander round in my naked suit instead. Not a bad prize though for the best video, $10,000 IN GOLD!