Toe Wrestling, England

Toe Wrestling, England © Sarah G.

If arm wrestling isn’t your thing, try pitting your toes against the best Britain has to offer. The World Toe Wrestling Championship has now been running for several decades. It sees competitors removing each other’s shoes and socks, then linking toes and attempting to pin their opponent’s tootsies down for three seconds – with accompanying chants.

Anyone can enter and challenge past winners such as Paul “The Toeminator” Beech and Alan “Nasty” Nash.

George Burgess first devised the championships because he wanted England to win a world cup in at least one sport. But wouldn’t you know it; a Canadian happened to be passing through and won the inaugural event.

The contest is held in June at the Bentley Brook Inn in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Written by - Photo by Sarah G.

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