The 125th Wenlock Olympian Games

8 – 11 July 2011, Linden Fields, Much Wenlock, Shropshire

The Wenlock Olympian Games have been held almost every year in Much Wenlock since 1850 attracting athletes from across the UK.

The Games’ founder William Penny Brookes was the inspiration for the modern international Olympics.

The small town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire offers an Olympian alternative.

While it may come as a surprise to many, the modern international Olympics has its roots not in Athens, but instead in this charming and quintessentially English town.This is all thanks to local doctor and philanthropist William Penny Brookes who established the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 - a forerunner of the Modern Olympics.

One of the London 2012 Olympic mascots has been named Wenlock in his honour,cementing in history the crucial role he played in the modern international Olympic Games.

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