Pole Vaulting – Hadrian’s Wall – 1

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.

Hadrian’s Wall stretches for 74 miles and separated Scotland from the rest of the Roman Empire. The Wall has always been a symbol of the differences between England and Scotland and this fact lies at the basis of the Pole Vaulting event held near Chesters Fort every January 27th since 1890.

There are three elements to the event, the first two of which involve leaping from England into Scotland. The first is the Pole Vault event where athletes, using professional athletic’s poles, vault over the wall and try and land as far as possible into Scotland. Each vaulter is given six attempts and the person with the longest distance is the winner,

 

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