|Olympic mascot, Wenlock,|
named in honour of Much
Wenlock's "Olympian Games"
. . . In October 1850, Much Wenlock’s first “Olympian Games” were held on the local racecourse. The core activities included athletic contests, foot races of various distances, jumping and throwing events. Alongside these, however, were also football and cricket matches and games of quoits. These early games also featured novelty events such as wheelbarrow races and a race for old women, with the prize being a pound of tea . . .
Read Dr Galliver's complete account of how Britain re-invented the Olympics .