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Picture gallery: Ready, steady, slow at Congham snail races

10:05 19 August 2012

Winning snail

Winning snail 'Racer' with owner Sue, 5. Picture: Mark Scase.

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World championship event in West Norfolk village

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Soaring temperatures did nothing to deter the staging of a world championship event in West Norfolk yesterday.

The annual snail race had been postponed from a soggy weekend in July and the weather more than co-operated to make the races a glorious attraction.

The winner was a snail named ‘Racer’ who managed to complete the 13-inch course in three minutes and 20 seconds. The galloping gastropod was trained by 5-year-old Sue, of King’s Lynn.

But the world record, held by Archie and won in 1995 with a storming two-minutes, still remains the time to be beaten.

The snails are put in the centre of the course and pointed in the right direction - the rest is entirely up to the competitor.

The races have been held for more than 25 years and are part of the annual village fete which raises money for the parish church.

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