Shin Kicking World Championship in Cotswold

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    Dover's Hill, home of the Cotswold Olimpick Games for over 400 years.
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    Quadruple centennial Olimpick Games.
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    A quaint little festival.
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    Team arm-wrestling. Wonderful!
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    A local, completely amazed by the time travellers. I wonder if they understand what 'thumbs up' means in their era.
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    I had not been in one of these for about three decades.
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    "I am Robert Dover of yesteryear, and I hereby announce the start of the games!"
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    Potato sack relay race.
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    Bouncy ball relay competition to retrieve a uniform and sword.
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    Wheelbarrow race across obstacles. “Choose he or she that bounces the most and bruises the least.”
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    Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpicks crowd.
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    Hole-punched water-pail race across a very slippery surface
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    Celebrations.
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    It is all fun and games until someone breaks his nose.
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    Straw-stuffed pant-legs for the Shin Kicking World Championship.
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    Greeting opponents for the championships.
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    And they are off!
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    Straw stuffed pants to protect the shins form kicks.
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    Shin kicking is about balance, and throwing the opponent down when he is off balance after a kick to the shins.
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    “A natural amphitheatre for the sound of bruises.”
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    Stuffed and dangerous.
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    Shin kicking appears to not only be painful, but also exhausting.
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    The runner up on the left, unable to continue due to pain, and the victor on the right, unable to move due to exhaustion.
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    Shin kick memories.
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    Left to right: Stickler, Shin Kicking World Champion 2016, stickler, some girl.
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    It was a fantastic day.
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    The Torchlit Procession of 1,500 flaming and burning sword-shaped sticks of fire for the entire crowd marching down the road.
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    Chipping Campden town square to watch Kinky Farnham preform funk and soul.
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    The Championship of the Hill winners, drinking from their cup at the town celebrations.
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    'Oooh' and 'aaah' and the Shin Kicking World Championship.

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12 Responses

  1. Trevor Dallas says:

    Your Shin Kicking World Championship blog was great.Your humoristic style is witty, keep up the good work!

  2. Leonard Evans says:

    This looks like a very fun festival!

  3. Jen says:

    What a strange, yet fun event! I would totally want to participate in the Championship of the Hill. The Shin Kicking, not so much!

    • harrishog1 says:

      Well Hello Jen!
      It has been a while! I hope you are well and awesome and the journey has been good to you. Your photos always make me happy to see and I hope to see the three of you somewhere on the road!

  4. Emily Kydd says:

    Well add this to the list of wacky events I must see before I die!

  5. Jenny says:

    This looks like great small-town fun! Who ever thought of a shin-kicking competition, seriously?

    • harrishog1 says:

      It was a blast Jenny!
      No one had to punch a clock 400 years ago and no media. They had time to think of crazy things to do on the weekend!
      Thanks for the read Jenny!

  6. Amanda says:

    This is hilarious! I’m from England and have never heard of world championship shin kicking. It just reconfirms for that the Cotswolds are a bit special, in more ways than one!

  7. Jaynie says:

    As I first saw the title of your post, I thought participants kicked themselves, not each other. How funny and what a cool experience you must have had! Thank you for sharing!

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