The world mile record fell at Allianz Park, London on Sunday 31 July to a 21-year-old Canadian, Corey Bellemore. This was no ordinary four-lapper, though, as Corey was competing in what had been modestly billed as the ‘World's Premier Drinking Race’, where competitors have to down a beer before each circuit is completed under the strict rules of Beer Mile competition.
Part athletics race and part beer festival, the all-day event included open-entry beer miles, club races, relays, fun runs, craft beer tasting, food, music and revelry in sport and brew at the home of Saracens Rugby Club.
Top Beer Milers from USA, Canada and Europe came to London to challenge the Brits in the first ever intercontinental championship race. In order to complete the race participants must swig a can or bottle beer of no less than 355ml and with a minimum of 5 percent alcohol before running each lap and those unable to keep their drink down face an extra penalty lap.
Cory Bellemore broke his own world record, remarkably set just three days earlier at a beer mile in Windsor, Canada, to win the men’s elite race in 4:34.35, taking less than eight seconds to down his drink each lap. Top British challenger, Dale Clutterbuck (4:47.39) was second and Brandon Shirck, USA third (4:49.28).
The elite women’s race was won by Erin O’Mara (USA, 6:43.35) followed by Anne Belanger (Canada, 6:50.78). England’s Polly Keen (6:52.71) and Laura Riches (7:13.82) took third and fourth.
Photograph courtesy of Beer Mile World Classic