An overview of...

The Games

Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games is a unique continuation of early rural sporting events, combining informal, amateur sports for competitors, the majority of whom register on the night of the Games, together with general entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages.

Below we present an overview of the sporting events that take place at the Games. In true amateur spirit, all of our events are free to enter.

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Shin-Kicking

The media’s favourite (for some strange reason!). It’s one of the sports which took place in 1612, and we’re still doing it to this day. You will be pleased to know that although we’ve made it a bit safer since those days – Steel toe caps are banned, and we allow the use of straw to pad shins. If you fancy being a media ‘star’, you’d should read our separate page on shin-kicking first. Entry is free and registration takes place on the night, from 6.30pm.

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King of the Hill

One of the traditional events at the Games, this precursor to modern events like the pentathlon involves individual competitors competing in 4 separate events (in the lower arena). These are: Static Jump (jumping as far as possible from a standstill), Spurning the Barre (an old English version of the Scottish tossing the caber), Hammer Throw and Putting the Shot. The combined total for all four events decides the winner. Entries for this event open at 6.30pm on the night of the Games. Entry is open to all adults over 16.

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Championship of the Hill

A true crowd pleaser! The traditional team challenges of ancient rural Games, updated for the 21st century. Teams of 6 participants (many from local pubs or other groups) compete against each other in a series of ever-more-frantic, and ever-wetter games! These games vary from year to year, but generally include relays involving wheelbarrows, dustbins, hay bales, slippery running surfaces and lots of water!  Very limited team entries are available for this event, so you must notify us early as possible beforehand. We reserve the right to refuse entry if this event reaches its maximum of 6 teams.

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Tug ‘O War

One of the traditional rural sports, (and former Olympic sport), still taken very seriously. Teams of 8 people pit their strength against opposing teams in a series of ‘pulls’ culminating in a final in front of Dover’s Castle in the Lower Arena. A limited number of team entries are available, so please let us know your intention to enter before the Games.

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Running Races

After a few years’ absence, the running races will be back this year.  The course will be entirely cross country and entirely on Dover’s Hill.  There will be a one lap and a three lap -race with each lap being approximately one mile.

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