This Sporting Life (2)
September 5, 2015
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It is always a delight to be able to shine a light on some of the lesser known sporting contests that we host in this sceptr’d isle and particularly one which takes place near where I was born.
The eighth World Gravy Championship was held on Bank Holiday Monday at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl Carvery in Stacksteads, near Bacup in Lancashire. Sixteen men and six women competed with competitors drawn to the contest from as far away as Australia and Austria.
The winner of the women’s competition was Nicole “Mad Cow” Taylor-Lyons whose training regime for the event involved getting pissed all weekend. The men’s championship went for the third time to Joel Hunt.
Disappointingly, they don’t wrestle in real gravy – the smell of meat attracted wasps. Instead, they wrestle in a mix of cornflour and caramel, kindly supplied by the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company.