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The Digbeth Olympics

Posted in Birmingham UK, Claire Burgess, Digbeth, Fun by Claire Burgess on September 25, 2008

I have been very busy this week but must write about the brilliant time I had on Sunday. I competed in The Digbeth Olympics. This was a charity event dreamt up by my boss John Mostyn and Adam Crossley over a pint and held at The Spotted Dog. There were none of your standard Olympic events.

The day started with John, Adam and Matt the Policeman racing inflatable dingys down The Rae. The was followed by The Birmingham Pico Prix a Go-cart race outside The Spotted Dog, a cardboard coracle race in The Custard Factory Pool, a snail race and last but not least a custard-filled wellie dash. There was obviously a spectacular opening ceremony where the Olympic torch (a burning barstool leg) nearly burned down the stadium, Germans singing there national anthem to a snail and a chef riding down a hill on a bread tray! Watch here:

I was Captain and Sailor of The Ladies Team cardboard coracle and with the help of my team, careful planning, measuring, old cardboard boxes and lots of gaffer tape, we had build a coracle that resembled a large cardboard tray. All was well and I was floating until my competitive streak got the better of me and my paddling ripped a hole in the boat turning it to cardboard mush. Although we came last I think you’ll agree we put up a good fight. Watch the race here:

The whole thing had a 1950’s street party feel all that was missing was the bunting. It was just a really fun way to spend a Sunday. Bring on more mental community fun days!

My coracle building team member Nicky Getgood has posted photos for your amusement.

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  1. Custard Factory - Some Links said, on September 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    […] Digbeth Olympics videos – Another report on last weekend's nonsense, this time from Claire Burgess. […]

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