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Some unusual and fairly extreme races to watch out for in England in 2009

There was never a truer statement than ‘Mad Dog an Englishman… out in the midday sun”…

I’m afraid the wife-carrying race has already happened and would have been an event worth watching I feel sure! It happens near Dorking’s Box Hill in Surrey England and is run over a distance of about 200m as shown here by chrisoco2307 .

Although it doesn’t look much (and I think was rather poorly subscribed) they, plus others, went on to run a half-marathon.

Then there’s the Rat Race which runs from May to September. You get to tear around the urban terrain of Brighton, Edinburgh and London, cycling down steps, abseiling off buildings and kayaking down canals. This is a great introductory video from RatRaceAdventure . It sounds like a really fun event.

25th May brings us the Cheese Rolling race which involves chasing Double Gloucesters down the extremely steep Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire.

What some people will do for fun! Obviously an event eagerly participated in by contestants and spectators alike – thanks to SoGlos for the video, tho’ I can’t see any Double Gloucesters…

Slightly more grown-up one now, the London to Paris Cycle Tour. This is a professionally staged, three day, 373 mile (520km) race to Paris for amateur competitors, starting on the 25th June.

The event attracts riders from all over the world and is known for its friendly, sociable atmosphere, hard riding and great spirit.

The Daily Telegraph recently listed the event as one of 25 International events to enter alongside others such as the New York and London Marathons.

Like a pro event it has full support, rolling road closures and covers 520 km in three days followed by a rest day in Paris.

And the last race I’m going to tell you about today is the World Bog-Snorkling Championships which is an unusual, but well established event on the British calendar as shown here by itnsource: a 60-yard swim in a Welsh drainage ditch. This race takes place on 31st August.

These events are open to everyone, so off you go – have fun!!!

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