With many unable to attend the Tokyo Olympics, the Cranbrook Rugby Club is hosting the Weald Rural Games

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A city should get its very own, completely crazy version of the Olympic Games.

With Covid dashing hopes of many sports fans to get to the Tokyo Games next month, Cranbrook Rugby Club at Weald is hosting its own version of the competition.

Forget Tokyo, Cranbrook has even more sporting fun this summer. Image iStock

Forget the 100-meter sprint, long jump and javelin throw, participants in the Weald Rural Games will compete in tug of war, egg and spoon races, rubber boots, egg roulette and bottle walking.

The charity event on Saturday August 14th at the Tomlin Ground on Angley Road in Cranbrook will even end with a tomato fight that rivals the likes of La Tomatina in Spain.

Kilndown rugby club coordinator Chris Hambridge has been planning the eccentric extravaganza since January after researching traditional pageants from around the world.

The 55-year-old said: “Although fans can’t make it to the Olympics, we have our own for the whole family to attend.

“This is about laughter. You have the egg and spoon race at school, now it’s time for the kids to challenge grandma, challenge mom, challenge your brother or sister.”

La Tomatina Festival in the Spanish city of Bunol in 2018, where people throw tomatoes.  The Weald Rural Games will have its own version.  Image: iStock / Jack FLa Tomatina Festival in the Spanish city of Bunol in 2018, where people throw tomatoes. The Weald Rural Games will have its own version. Image: iStock / Jack FChris Hambridge, organizer of the first Weald Rural GamesChris Hambridge, organizer of the first Weald Rural Games

This isn’t the first crazy event to hit the area.

Coxheath has hosted the annual World Custard Pie Championships since 1967, which sees teams from countries as far away as Japan show up to toss each other.

This event is scheduled to take place on September 4th.

In addition to the more traditional games at the Weald Rural Games, viewers can watch egg roulette, where contestants hit eggs in the head in hopes that they’ll get a hard-boiled instead of a raw one, and walk the bottle – where you go over hop a series of skittles.

There will also be a rugby match, bowling for a pig, a golf challenge and a bar.

The pudding cake tossing competition at Coxheath is a must on the calendar.  Image: Steve CrispeThe pudding cake tossing competition at Coxheath is a must on the calendar. Image: Steve CrispeWelly Wanging will be another attraction as a day of fun games is plannedWelly Wanging will be another attraction as a day of fun games is planned

Entry is £ 1 and the money raised is split between the rugby club, the Hospice in the Weald and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

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