Usain Bolt loses to David Walliams in ultimate school sports day

The latest research from the Mr Men Sports Day Books have revealed the ultimate school sports day. With Britain limbering up for a summer full of sport, new research into that timeless school tradition of sports days has provided an insight into what a British mum’s fantasy school sports day would be like.

According to this research, which was conducted by Egmont UK in time for the launch of their new Mr Men sports day books, in the ultimate sports day mums would have royalty, pop stars and comedians triumphing over top athletes.

When the mums were asked to select who they would have as their ideal partner in the 3 legged race, the most popular choice by far was the actor/comedian and long distance swimmer David Walliams. He beat the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, which suggests that humour beats sporting prowess every time, as Bolt only received 7% of the vote.

Walliams is closely followed in the poll by the sporty Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, The Voice UK’s Jessie J, and X-Factor judges past and present Cheryl Cole and Tulisa. All five were voted above England footballers with proven speed and agility, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

The research, conducted to mark the launch of Mr. Men Sports Day and Mr. Men Sports Day Sticker Scene – the first ever sports themed books in the iconic Mr. Men series – also explored the worst possible three-legged race pairings. Prime Minister David Cameron was voted as the person mums would least like to partner with. Hot on the heels of the Prime Minister, are speed enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson and opinionated music mogul, Simon Cowell, despite being famed for his way with women.

When it came to the infamous mums’ race, logic seemed to prevail. Around one in five of those surveyed believed Olympic medallist and I’m a Celebrity participant Fatima Whitbread would be first across the finish line, closely followed by a photo finish between musician and presenter Myleene Klass, Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron (who is thought by mums to have better athletic prowess than her husband), Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Lagging behind the fastest finishers would be Holly Willoughby, Elle McPherson and Beyonce.

Although the mums’ race tends to be fiercely competitive with many parents striving hard not to embarrass their offspring, this year mums are putting their competitive spirit to one side. Over a quarter of those surveyed stated that it’s the taking part that counts and only a tiny six percent admitted they had encouraged their child to cheat at sports day.

David Riley, Managing Director for Egmont Publishing Group, publishers of the Mr. Men Sports Day books commented: “Who’d have guessed that the nation’s fantasy school sports day would mirror the wonderful silliness of our new Mr. Men books?! Nothing ever goes quite as it should in Nonsenseland and sports day is no different. I for one would love to see the Egg and Spoon race made an official sport!”

Adam Hargreaves, writer and illustrator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss books said: “Sports days bring up such happy memories, and it’s about time the Mr. Men characters had an opportunity to exercise their competitive edge, or lack of it! Writing this story and creating another misadventure in Nonsenseland was so much fun. I hope boys and girls will enjoy it.”

The new Mr. Men Sports Day and Mr. Men Sports Day Sticker Scene books are £2.99 and £3.99 respectively and are available now from all good book retailers – see Amazon listings below too.

To date, almost two hundred million Mr. Men and Little Miss books have been sold worldwide and over three million Mr. Men and Little Miss books are sold every year in the UK alone. Egmont is the number one children’s licensed character publisher in the UK.