Sports the Olympics Forgot – The Skipping Games

This is an excerpt from the Skipping Games story in the book, Sports the Olympics Forgot

The Skipping Games take place in Skipton on the last Saturday of September. As the name suggests all the events require the contestant to skip rope during the race. The rope must be in use at all times and can never be carried otherwise the contestant will be disqualified.

The Skipping Games began in 1894 when one of the local worm-charmers, Agnes Smith, devised a technique for bringing worms to the surface of her fields by dancing on the spot using a skipping rope to keep a steady beat on the ground with her feet. This was quite a tiring exercise and she used to train by running around the field, skipping as she went. Her two sisters, Anne and Bronwen, used to try to keep up with her and soon a competitive edge was introduced when their father, Herbert, declared that the fastest sister over a 100-yard race would win a pint of best Yorkshire bitter. Anne won the race in 13.6 seconds and that night downed the prize in one go. Her father also had a few pints to drink and by the end of the evening had challenged all comers to a racing contest in his top field the following weekend.

So began the Skipton Skipping Contest.

Interesting bridges of the world, some of which are scary

If you like walking across bridges that either sway or are very high above the ground, try the ones in the following article:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/feb/06/the-worlds-scariest-bridges-in-pictures

Don’t look down – hikes from around the world

If you’re looking for a peak hiking experience then consider the places in the following article:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/jan/30/dont-look-down-a-glimpse-at-the-worlds-scariest-hikes

Just remember to get off the via ferrata if there’s a lightning storm.