Anyone for a spot of Umbrella Jousting? The weird and wonderful Chap Olympics where winning isn’t as important as drinking gin, smoking pipes and sporting vintage couture.

With just a few weeks to go the hysteria surrounding the Olympics has reached fever pitch.
But in the run up to the main event a rather less competitive version of The Games took place in London’s Bedford Square this weekend.

The Chap Olympiad is a spoof of the famous sporting event where participants compete in a variety of weird and wonderful classes, such as umbrella jousting, moustache wrestling, shouting at foreigners and swooning.
Hundreds of ‘chaps’ and ‘chapettes’ turned out in their best tweed and vintage couture to enjoy the weekend of gin-fuelled fun and frivolity.

The tournament kicked off on Saturday with the lighting of the Olympic pipe which was shortly followed by the first event- the pipeathlon. Contestants attempted the tricky challenge of completing a 10-yard course using three disciplines, pipe-smoking, cycling and being carried by their servants across the finishing line.

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