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Britain’s filthiest race takes place in its smallest, but not sanest, town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales, and consists of a mad dash through 120 yards of peat bog to see who can swim it the quickest. No recognised strokes are allowed and swimmers can only lift their heads for orientation. The mad idea began as expected - in the pub. Bog Snorkelling founder Gordon Green cooked it up with some boozer regulars in 1976.


In this mouth-stinging competition, contestants gather at Dorset’s Bottle Inn Pub to see who can devour the most raw stinging nettles in an hour. Beer is in full supply to help swig down the spiky beasts. It started as a bet in 1986 when a local farmer boasted that he would eat his giant-monster-nettles raw if anyone could produce longer weeds. He was forced to eat his own words, and nettles.


Rub a dub dub, racing in a tub. Every year Castletown in the Isle of Man polishes off its old tin baths, throws them into the Middle Harbour and paddles frantically across 400m for a taste of victory. The first person to reach the finish line - or cover the furthest distance without sinking ship - wins. Luckily, Isle of Man Search and Rescue is on hand to prevent recreations of The Titanic.


This competition will literally knock your socks off. Players face-off at a ‘toedium’, lock toes and wrestle until they knock their opponent’s foot over or pin their digits in a toe-down. The game was born in a Wetton pub (surprise surprise) in 1974 when four drinkers whined about how rubbish the English were at sport and decided to invent a new one. And don’t worry, stinky cheese feet are verboten thanks to a rigorous toe inspection.

Image credit: WETF photos, Swaton Vintage Day, Chris Prichard, John Phipp, Nigel Blake, Bottle Inn Pub Landlord, Bentley Brook Inn Pub and Wizard Engraving &Awards


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