Ready. Set. Drink
23.08.13 by Lucy Self
Last Monday saw the annual ULG Olympics – a chance for us to show appreciation to our lovely team through a serious of grueling tasks such as ‘Surfboard Rodeo’, watermelon eating and, of course, the infamous omelette challenge.
Heroes were made, reputations were shattered and many (and we mean MANY) shots were consumed. For those that ever wondered what people in the business of hospitality get up in their own time, you’re in luck.
Here’s a round up of the ULG Olympic action…
First of all we’ll set the scene. A BBQ packed with juicy burgers and spicy prawn kebabs, twister, old bath tubs full of beer and ice, crates of wine, bunting, Olympic flags, running lanes, giant jenga, a mammoth score board, twister… not to mention an eager crowd of ULG employees ready to battle to the death.
From the classic (coffee sack races and tray carrying competitions) to the slightly more ‘unique’ (we’ll get to that later) - each team gave their all. Big props at this point for Gemma who managed to spill her entire tray of water glasses over herself within the first few seconds and Daniel (a 6ft 6 Hungarian from Queens Park Alice House) who completed the sack race in three GIANT leaps.
Next up was the watermelon eating round where Freya got off to a roaring start but was ‘pipped’ to the post at the last minute (only holding on to the joint top spot with a banshee-like scream which scared off most of the opposition).
A bit of light relief came from the egg and bottle race which fell apart quicker than Usain Bolt on a good day. Certain ‘cheats’ stuck the egg to the top of a beer bottle (you know who you are) then someone (you also know who you are) threw an egg descending the competition into chaos. Mr Hartley ended up having to hide the boxes after some egg-down-pants tactical moves came into play.
In the ‘Surfboard Rodeo’ Australia showed serious stamina… until everyone got bored and started throwing beach balls at the self-proclaimed “born surfer” (no one likes a show off).
It’s unlikely that James Martin will be putting our chefs on the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge scoreboard, with the fastest time at an astounding (ly bad) two minutes and 59 seconds.
The ‘boat race’ was basically an excuse to speed drink beer in a line (well done to the team at West Hampstead for showing real talent in this area).
And by the bottle opening, certain members of the bartending team were seeing double.
The results were in (Alice House, Queens Park just beat Alice House, West Hampstead to first place) and, by this point; everyone was too drunk to care. Until next year…