Where: The Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall, Derbyshire DE4 2AY
What is it?
The World Hen Racing Championship is an annual event held at the Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall, in Derbyshire. Races have been held in the village for over 20 years and competitors come from all over Europe to take part in this quirky event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 2nd August 2014.
Hen racing has a long history in the area. The local Derbyshire villages used to compete against each other in the summertime for a bit of fun.
These days, the hen races take place over a track of about 15 metres. The hens are raced in heats and are given 3 minutes to cross the finish line. The hens are encouraged to ‘race’ to the end of the track, with competitors standing at the end shouting encouragement and tempting the birds along with food. The rules of racing are simple; hens must start the race with their feet on the ground, hens that leave the track during the race must be replaced back at the start, there must be no cruelty, and no fowl play!
The hen races are free to watch and anyone with a hen can take part. The races begin at 1.30pm but those taking part should aim to get there by at least 1pm to register. Don’t worry if you don’t have a chicken, you can hire one on the day and join in the eggcitement!
More info: www.world-championship-hen-racing.com