7 June 2013

Lancashire Risks Losing Tripe Jump Crown

How Prensa Latina broke the news
Sports managers in Lancashire are reeling at the news that a Central American athlete has stolen a march on their plans to retain the world championship title in the prestigious tripe jump.

Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo jumped 17.69m of tripe at the Pan American Stadium in Havana on 5 June -  the best in the world so far this season and threatening the world record of 17.70m set by Duncan Brighthouse at the 2012 Lancashire Games held in Preston.

Tripe Marketing Board chief executive, Mr Timothy Flaxton-Buoys, expressed alarm that the title might leave Lancashire:  "There is a long and proud tradition in the county of folk excelling at the tripe jump. We have sponsored the Lancashire games for a number of years now and we would hate to see the title being lost.  I have asked our chairman to consider whether the TMB could fund a Tripe Academy of some kind, where the best in the county could gather and be coached in tripe jumping."

Albert Grimshaw at the 1956 Burnley Games
The Lancashire Games featured in an article by TMB resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley in Lancashire Life magazine and were the subject of a short promotional video issued by the TMB last year.

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