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21 Things That Happened At Every British School Sports Day

What was the sack race even for?

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1. Everyone admired the fresh new lines on the field.

Painted for the occasion.
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Painted for the occasion.

2. It was usually on an unbelievably hot day.

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3. But it would somehow still rain a bit.

Year 10 Sports Day at John Ferneley sheltering from the rain #whydoesitalwaysrainme

4. You turned up decked out in your house colours.

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5. And did every race wearing these.

Imagine trying to do sport in these as an adult. Sprained ankles for days.
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Imagine trying to do sport in these as an adult. Sprained ankles for days.

6. These guys played a vital role in most events.

They came out once a year, for sports day. You probably had to balance one on your head. Nobody really knew why.
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They came out once a year, for sports day. You probably had to balance one on your head. Nobody really knew why.

7. Someone got accused of cheating on the egg and spoon race.

Dropping your egg in the Egg and Spoon Race on Sports Day and feeling more like you had just dropped your dignity

A sly thumb on the egg or a bit of blu-tack, there was always some cheaky bastard you suspected of cheating.

8. Everyone developed different techniques that were guaranteed to win the sack race.

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Probably one of the most difficult sports to master.

9. The three-legged race ended in at least one fight.

The truest test of a friendship: being able to do a three-legged race without falling out with each other forever.
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The truest test of a friendship: being able to do a three-legged race without falling out with each other forever.

10. Someone tripped in the skipping race.

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11. Your teachers invented a bunch of random sports.

Competative welly throwing anyone? Or perhaps running with a football between your knees? Only at school are these useful skills.
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Competative welly throwing anyone? Or perhaps running with a football between your knees? Only at school are these useful skills.

12. And there was some sort of really complicated obstacle race involving every single piece of equipment from the PE cupboard.

Everything from hula hoops and cones, to hockey sticks and footballs. Tougher than The Hunger Games.
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Everything from hula hoops and cones, to hockey sticks and footballs. Tougher than The Hunger Games.

13. Some parents got way too into it.

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"DESTROY HIM CALLUM GO ON MY SON."

"Calm down Dad this is the Year 5 skipping race not the Champions League final."

14. And the parents' race always got completely out of hand.

Defending champions only manage 2nd place in the parents sack race. #RoseHillSchool #TunbridgeWells

It's all chill til someone's dad rocks up to the start line wearing running shoes and an Iron Man finishers t-shirt.

15. But nothing was more competitive than the teachers' race.

Had a great day at The Bridge Community School sports day with @asdaactive. The teachers joining in with their race.

16. Some kid would probably injure themselves.

Nothing a wet paper towel and a rubber glove full of ice cubes can't fix.
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Nothing a wet paper towel and a rubber glove full of ice cubes can't fix.

17. You got completely off your face on orange squash after your race.

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Nectar of the gods.

18. Someone cried because they didn’t win.

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19. And you felt like an absolute hero if you won a race.

No feeling can match the feeling of winning the Year 5 100m running race.
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No feeling can match the feeling of winning the Year 5 100m running race.

20. But then were super disappointed when you found out your prize was a rubbish sticker.

Gotta be proud of my 2nd place finish in the obstacle race at a school's sports day. Can't beat getting a sticker too!

21. Unless you went to one of those schools where there were no winners.

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What's the point of anything if you can't parade your glorious victory around the playground?