The Telegraph Review of Saturday June 2nd published a list of the top websites for Competitive Hobbyists. As one of the “hobbies” was our own Cotswold Olimpicks at Chipping Campden the others on the list make interesting comparisons and are all well worth having a look at:-

World stone-skimming championships –www.stoneskimming.com

World conker championships – www.worldconkerchampionships.com

World marbles championship – www.marblemuseum.org

World bog snorkelling championship – www.llanwrtyd-wells.powys.org.uk

World stinging nettle eating championship – www.thebottleinn.co.uk

World gurning championship – www.egremontcrabfair.org.uk

(gurning is competitive face-pulling and not a lot of people know that)

World worm-charming championship – www.wormcharming.com

World peashooting championship – www.witcham.org.uk

World egg-throwing championship – www.eggthrowing.org

Mangold hurling – www.mangoldhurling.co.uk

(mangold hurling is the only one not billed as a world championship – just a bit of fun instead)

Have a look at these sites and see how they compare to the Cotswold Olimpicks. Although billed as world championships they are all held in the UK.

Update 7th June

The BigBuzz Blog have a great article about Worm Charming and there is a video of the World Stinging Nettle eating Championships on the BrightCove site here