Skip hire record beats value of Olympic medal haul
The headlines shout about Team GB’s record haul of 67 medals at the Rio Olympics beating the 65 we won at London 2012.
God Save The Queen might have been played 27 times in Brazil, lifting Britain into second place in the medal table ahead of China, but we want to pay tribute to the six British records and three world records members of Team GB set in Rio.
Swimmer Adam Peaty, who comes from Uttoxeter – where the JCB also started life – won GB’s first gold medal in Rio after setting a new world record time of 57.13 seconds in the men's 100m breaststroke with a world record.
Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Darryl Neita also smashed a national record when they won bronze in the 4x100m women’s relay after clocking 41.77 seconds.
Meanwhile, Sophie Hitchon also won bronze in the hammer with a British record throw of 74.54m.
Less celebrated, perhaps, is Tom Bosworth. The race walker broke his own British record to finish sixth in the 20k event with a time of 1 hour 20 minutes and 13 seconds.
But who can forget the achievements of cyclists Elinor Barker, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Katie Archibald? This awesome foursome set a new world record of 4 minutes 13.260 seconds in the qualifying round of the women’s team pursuit event and then went even faster.
In their final match against the USA, Barker, Trott, Rowsell-Shand and Archibald cut two seconds off their own world record to take gold.
Not to be outdone in the velodrome, Great Britain’s men also set two world records in the team pursuit.
Ed Clancy, Owain Doull, Steven Burke and Sir Bradley Wiggins beat New Zealand in the first round of the event in a record time of 3 minutes 51.659 seconds.
And they struck gold after beating Australia in the final in a blistering 3 minutes 50.570 seconds.
Olympic champions will say their gold medal is priceless. But a gold medal gilded with the minimum six grams of pure gold, as stipulated by the International Olympic Committee, is actually worth just over £200 in scrap metal.
This means it would take 475 gold medals to equal the value of the record price ever paid to hire a skip.
This was set by Brighton Council just before London 2012 when it used a £95,000 Arts Council grant to pay for an ordinary, battered old skip illuminated by neon tubes to go on display outside its town hall as part of the city’s Arts Festival.
It’s a shame Brighton & Hove Council did not approach Proskips. We can provide any size of skip, anywhere in the country. We have developed a national network of local skip hire partners who provide gold medal-winning service at a price well under £95,000.
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