Where: The cricket field at Congham, Norfolk
What is it?
The World Snail Racing Championships 2014 will take place in Norfolk on 19th July as part of the annual Congham Fete. More than 200 snails slug it out every year in the championships, which have been running since the 1960s.
The races are held on top of a table which has a damp cloth spread out on it. The snails are placed in the middle and the first one to reach the outer circle wins. The races are started by a shout of “ready, steady, slow” and the snail ‘trainers’ shout words of encouragement to their prize snails.
Anyone, young or old, can take part in the World Snail Racing Championships and competitors may bring their own snails from their garden if they wish. The championship heats are held throughout the afternoon, with a grand final at the end. The winner receives a silver tankard which is stuffed with lettuce leaves as a reward for the triumphant snail.
The World Snail Racing Championships are part of Congham Fete, which helps to raise money for the 13th century St Andrew’s Church. Admission to the fete at Congham is free and this year will feature a performance from brass band March Brass 2000. There will also be stalls, children’s games, homemade cakes and drinks.
More info: www.scase.co.uk/snailracing