At the trial event carried out in Preston (of all places) today, it was evident that there was still a few teething troubles that games organisers have to resolve before the big event.
The object of the sport appears to be how many times someone walking at a normal pace can bump into human obstacles on a high street. The human obstacles role is to constantly wander around the street aimlessly. This aimless walking can take the form of the following:
- Walking very slowly - on purpose
- Heading for the exit of a shop and then stopping abruptly - right in the doorway
- Sudden unexplained changes of direction
- Standing in random places like the bottom of escalators looking oblivious
The trial event was a qualified success, however there did appear to be some lack of understanding over how many human obstacles are required to qualify for an Olympic event. Bill Weresford, 'Bloody High Street' expert explains:
"What was evident today was that far too many human obstacles were let loose onto the track on Fishergate in Preston. Our hopeful Olympic champion was bumping into obstacles or to give them their correct title 'idiots' all over the place. London has got to get this sorted or Oxford Street is going to be carnage and the whole thing will be a farce. Its one thing to let a couple of old biddies out for the day but quite another when you mix in mothers with prams, groups of school girls and inconsiderate office workers. It'll never work"So there it is, the sort of Olympic event that even rank amateurs can practice for every day on any given high street - probably.