Wenlock Olympian Games

The first Games, held in October 1850, were a mixture of athletics and also traditional country sports such as quoits, football and cricket. These early Games sometimes included a ‘ fun’ event; once a wheelbarrow race, another year an old woman’s race for a pound of tea, these events were not usually a part of the general programme.

Today, they are organised by the Wenlock Olympian Society (WOS) and are held each year at venues across Shropshire, centred on our beautiful town. One of the two mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics was named Wenlock in honour of the Wenlock Olympian Games.

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