A nation of bizarre sports
Wife carrying is the latest bizarre sporting craze to land on our shores.
Each spring, competitiors chase a 9lbs Double Gloucester Cheese down Cooper's Hill, near Cheltenham. A similar event takes place to promote a food and drink festival at Chester. Stilton, the Cambridgeshire village where the famed cheese originates, also has a cheese rolling race.
Welly wanging, which originated in Yorkshire, is a popular sport at country fairs and other outdoor events, especially in rural areas. Dwile flonking, which survives in the Waveney Valley, pits two teams of against each other, with members trying to avoid being hit by a beer-soaked cloth thrown by a rival.
Mud races are staged each January on the Maldon Estuary in Essex, where competitors wade through around a metre of smelly mud.
Congham, in Norfolk, is home to the World Snail Racing championships.