Ready, steady, slow... World Snail Racing Championships return to Congham in Norfolk

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They're under starter's orders for one of Norfolk's more eccentric traditions.

Action from the 2015 World Championship Snail Racing at Congham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Action from the 2015 World Championship Snail Racing at Congham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Snail racing is returning to the village of Congham, near King's Lynn on Saturday, July 15 (2pm).

Around 40 molluscs are expected to battle it out for the chance to win a lettuce at the village fete on Grimston Cricket Field.

Snail racing world championships at Congham village fete. Pictured: snail racing action.
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Snail racing world championships at Congham village fete. Pictured: snail racing action. PHOTO: IAN BURT COPY:Chris Bishop FOR:EDP News EDP pics © 2010 (01603)772434 - Credit: IAN BURT

Cool damp conditions can see them clock up four or five inches a minute on the special course. If it's warm, they slither slower.

Owners can enter more than one snail.

Action from the 2015 World Championship Snail Racing at Congham - Snail Master Neil Riseborough Pict

Action from the 2015 World Championship Snail Racing at Congham - Snail Master Neil Riseborough Picture: Matthew Usher.


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Recent wet weather followed by warmer conditions means there should be plenty about in gardens.

Entry to the fete, which raises funds for St Andrew's church in Congham is free. As well as the racing there will be a host of other attractions on the cricket field, next to Congham Hall. They include live music from the Freewheelers, a hog roast, BBQ, bar, bottle stall, games, teas, cakes and a raffle.

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Action from the 2015 World Championship Snail Racing at Congham - Snail Master Neil Riseborough Picture: Matthew Usher.

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