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    COMPETITION: Olympics Fact Match

    Posted 3 February 2012

    The Olympic Zone (500 acres) would fit into the Harper Adams estate (1,400 acres) almost three times over!" by Phil.

    Today marked the launch of the official Harper Adams Olympics Fact Match competition.

    This is a fun chance to learn more about Harper Adams and the subject areas we specialise in. 

    The competition is being run on Facebook, and we invite you to leave entries on the wall here. Entries can also be submitted by email to or tweeted @HarperAdamsUC. 

    The rules are simple: You need to link an Olympic/sporting fact, to something from the subject areas covered at Harper Adams University College, including the food chain and farming, engineering, business, animal health and land management.  (See all at

    The link can be direct, for example:

    The average person would use just 6 calories - a single stalk of celery - running a 100 metre sprint.

    Or comparable:

    The heaviest weight ever lifted at an Olympic Games was 263.5 kg "clean and jerk" by Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh, at Athens 2004. This is the equivalent of lifting…

    …the same weight of food a large elephant consumes in a day OR

    … a fully grown Brazilian Tapir (mammal) OR

    … an adult male sheep  OR

    … a good market weight pig OR

    … perhaps some relevant weight of farm kit, or buckets of soil, and so on.

    The easiest approach is to do a web search to get your first stat or fact, then put it into a new search to try to find something related. You are free to be as straightforward or obscure as you wish – as long as you can match Harper Adams University College to Olympic sport. 

    Add your facts as comments on the wall on Facebook, or email to, to enter the competition. Don't forget to make sure we have your name, and please add your age if you are willing, particularly if you are under 18.

    The judges will be looking for something original, but easy to understand, that ideally will make people say "wow!"

    We will later open up an art competition to turn the fact matches into visual masterpieces to go on display on campus during the Olympics and beyond, so keep that in mind and make your suggestions as creative yet accurate as possible.  (This will not be restricted to winning facts, so you can start planning now).

    If you don't know what subjects are covered at Harper Adams, continue to explore this website.


    • This competition is open to staff and students at Harper Adams, and the general public. We would be delighted to receive entries from the local community.
    • Entrants who do not have a Facebook account can send their suggestion to or tweet @HarperAdamsUC
    • Emailed and tweeted suggestions will be added to the Facebook page, credited to the entrant. 
    • Suggestions should be fewer than 50 words long, and the details will be checked for accuracy. Please provide the source of your facts if you wish to make the checking process quicker.
    • Entries will be judged by a panel from the Marketing and Communications team at Harper Adams University College. The judges themselves will be able to make fact suggestions, but cannot win any prizes.
    • The judges' decision is final.
    • The competition will close on Friday March 9 at 5pm, with judging taking place the following week.

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