The Olympics spirit extends far beyond the Games themselves. We salute the LOLympians, who compete in games off the beaten track (and field).
Faster - Higher - Stronger. The Olympic motto can be applied as much to competitive pea pushing as to breaking the four-minute mile. The competitions featured here might sometimes lack the gravitas of those that win the five rings seal of approval, but don't forget that the tug of war was contested at the Summer Olympiad from 1900 to 1920, while rope climbing made it to 1924. With BMX recently getting official recognition and golf making a comeback, there's hope for all you bun-eaters, cheese-rollers and haggis-hurlers yet.
The Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary
News19782 minsSilent Location: Ottery St Mary
Unique tradition of Ottery St Mary’s flaming tar barrels rolls on
Stuntwoman Human Cannonball
News19753 mins Location: Knebworth Ho
Human Cannonball Mary Connors has the guts and determination of any Olympian, proving she really is a she performing at Knebworth House, 1975.
Tug of War
News19755 mins Location: Leicester
Their training regime includes lifting a lump of concrete into a tree - meet the Leicester tug-of-war team preparing to take on the world.
Wirksworth Uphill Beer Barrel Race
News19766 mins Location: Wirksworth
At their secret Peak District training camp outside Wirksworth a group of elite athletes prepare for an extreme sporting challenge.
Waterski Championships and Other Sports
Amateur film19689 minsSilent
Exotic sporting events from water-skiing to wheel barrow racing are just two of the highlights of this amateur newsreel film.
Jubilee - Sack Race, Building Bonfire
Home movie19352 minsSilent Location: Tredegar
Making merry to celebrate the monarchy: King George V’s silver jubilee in 1935 is the occasion of community festivities in Tredegar/area.
Myers Annual Sports
News19631 minsSilent Location: Langley Green
Tug-of-war and pushball - two of the classic sports on offer at this typical Oldbury works sports day.
CACS plays games
Home movie19485 minsSilent
Forget Sir W Raleigh laying down his cloak for the Queen. Here, Cardiff Amateur Cine Society members lay down their newspapers for the ladies!
Oldbury County High School Athletic Sports June 1938
Home movie19386 minsSilent Location: Oldbury
Remembered by many but loved by few - that highlight of the school calendar - the sports day.
International Four Town Competition
News19671 minsSilent Location: Stroud
Stand well clear for this one - it's competitive brick and rolling pin throwing as the Strouds of the English speaking world come together.
Sports and Parks in Barnet
Home movie19849 minsSilent Location: Barnet
A journey through the greenest parts of Barnet features sporting scenes of a Sunday league football and bowls matches.
Heinze Wolff and the 57 Tricycles
Documentary198625 mins Location: Milton Keynes
An archetypal eccentric professor is a fitting presenter for an equally eccentric and ingenious bunch of human powered mobile contraptions.
Non-Fiction197117 mins Location: Wakefield
From the rich man’s sport of power boats, to the poor man’s scrambling, and in between the mad lot playing football driving around in Cortinas.
Champion Onion Peeler
News19802 mins Location: Wolverley
Wolverley in Worcestershire boasts an unusual British champion with a record that would bring tears to your eyes.
Clive Hall, Llandaf - Sports' Day
Home movie19474 minsSilent Location: Llandaff
Races of all sorts have been arranged for the children at Roald Dahl’s old school in Cardiff – and parents get a chance to race too!
News196915 mins Location: Crumlin
Are champions made with a diet of cereal and Guinness? See the world recording breaking rat in his prime before he gets eaten by his owner’s cat.
Pushball Bouts and Boy Scout Camp in Brecon
Non-Fiction19252 minsSilent Location: Brecon/Aberhonddu
The Pushball – an enormous sphere filled with hot air and advertising the ‘Daily Mail’ - comes to Brecon annually, as part of the carnival.
It’s a Knockout at Halkyn Cricket Club
Home movie197715 minsSilent Location: Halkyn/Helygain
In the Queen’s silver jubilee year, Halkyn provides an It’s a Knockout to remember despite the not so clement weather.
Fun at Halkyn Cricket Club
Home movie197515 minsSilent Location: Halkyn/Helygain
Halkyn Cricket Club opens its beautiful ground to fun and frolics on the sunny August bank holiday in 1975 and the drought-stricken one in 1976.
Michelle's Sports Day
Amateur film19705 minsSilent Location: Bexley
Danson Park, Welling, is the setting for a quintessential sports day featuring egg and spoon, sack and parents race.
Motor Racing Crystal Palace
Amateur film19693 minsSilent Location: Crystal Palace
Formula 3 and sports cars are unleashed on Crystal Palace Park's once thriving race circuit.
Peterston-Super-Ely July 26th
Amateur film194617 minsSilent Location: Whitchurch
August shows in south Wales (Peterston-super-Ely, Pontypridd, Rumney, Aberdare and Whitchurch): horses, drays and the hammer and sickle.