Sunday, 19 August 2012

Missing the Olympics? Sheep racing could fill the London 2012 void

Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Moffat, Dumfriesshire in Scotland to witness the unique sporting spectacle.

The gang of sheep were ridden by custom made knitted jockeys as they competed in several heats throughout the day.

Members of the public were also able to place £1 bets at the event which was won by the weekend's fastest four legged competitor Lingonberry.

Organiser Thomas MacDonald of Moffat Promotions Group now hopes to turn the event into an annual competition.

'It is a new event for us in Moffat and we believe it is the first in Scotland to be held on public streets,' he told the BBC.

'It is very popular down south and we thought an event like this would really tie in with the town, the community and the history going back over the farming and wool industry.

'We hope it will become an annual event, not just one day but extend to two days and eventually make a week long feature of it.'

No doubt Ewe-sain Bolt would have been impressed.


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