There are 206 days to go to the start of the London Olympics and I hope to be as far away as possible from our Capital city while the events take place.
If I were silly enough to endure the inevitable travel chaos then queue up and fight my way through the crowds and pay a fortune for the privilege, it would be to attend the Mountain Bike race at Hadleigh Farm in Essex on the 12th August.
On Friday 1st June there is an event happening in the Cotswolds that would seem to be almost as dangerous…
‘An Olympic Games held in London in 2012 will mark a unique anniversary – it will be exactly 400 years from the moment that the first stirrings of Britain’s Olympic beginnings can be identified’. This statement was made by no other than the British Olympic Association in their successful bid for the games.
They continued, ‘In 1612 in the tiny village of Chipping Campden, Robert Dover opened the first ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’, an annual sporting fair that honoured the ancient Games of Greece. Those early ‘Olimpick’ competitors were as remote as you could imagine from the Olympic stars of today, and the ‘sports’ included singlestick, wrestling, jumping in sacks, dancing and even shin-kicking. But whatever the eccentric nature of the event, this was the pre-dawn of the Olympic Movement, and the Cotswold Games began the historical thread in Britain that was ultimately to lead to the creation of the modern Olympics.’
I do hope Daddy P has ordered a supply of extra strong shin pads.