On a high: Parkour is the ultimate adrenaline sport

Some sports are making their return after a coronavirus hiatus but others – especially team sports at an amateur level – seem like they’re nowhere near returning.

If there was a time for socially-distanced sports, however strange, to step up to the plate and fill the void, it would be now. 

But what sports have, or could, seize the opportunity? Here’s a few:

Marble Racing

Online marble racing is proving just as popular as virtual motorsport.

With top-level competitive sport still in near complete lockdown, one has taken social media by storm. 

A video of marble racing has been viewed more than 35 million times during the pandemic with commentators adding a personal element to the footage. 

Marbles, or teams of them, have developed followings and different tracks and events have added real-life action thrills. 

It’s even allowed fans to get their betting fix with sponsors also turning an ancient pastime into a lucrative here and now.

Carry Races

Wife carrying can also have its moments!

Athletes won’t be lining up alongside each other on start lines for the foreseeable.

However, it doesn’t have to stop your own exercising becoming competitive. 

With households getting fitter than ever and society seemingly becoming closer, while being apart, estates and roads up and down the country could form their own challenges. 

Wife carrying has been popular in Scandinavia for centuries and a pre-determined distance could see Bob carrying Betty (or Betty carrying Bob) to clock a time before watching on from a safe distance to see if any other couples could beat it. 


Virtual motorsport.

With government messages telling people to stay at home, it’s no surprise that gamers have been joined by others trying to get their own slice of the action. 

Sports, especially motorsport, have completed their own e-series of online races with professionals taking to virtual tracks. 

It’s no surprise that the bigger the names involved, the bigger the viewing figures, and it’s been great for young drivers like Oliver Clarke – interviewed in Caney’s Corner recently – to scratch that racing fix from the safety of their own home.

Extreme Ironing 

Extreme ironing on top of Ben Nevis during the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Is it art? Is it an extreme sport? Or is it just weird? Probably a mix of all three. 

But extreme ironing could see another surge in popularity now the messaging around non-essential journeys has been relaxed somewhat. 

With people taking trips slightly further afield to enjoy the great outdoors, the beautiful vast open spaces of West Norfolk could provide the perfect backdrop for some
thrill-seeking ironists. 

The domestic chore has been performed in all sorts of locations – but probably not near a 12th Century castle!


On a high: Parkour is the ultimate adrenaline sport

If you’ve seen the American Office you might not be able to take this sport seriously. 

It’s not for the faint-hearted, given some of the footage doing the rounds on YouTube. 

Yes Parkour, or freerunning, is a sport that can be enjoyed with one other person from outside your household within socially distanced guidelines. 

It basically involves moving freely across or through any terrain, often using objects or buildings, thanks to a combination of running, jumping and climbing.