Ready, steady, slow... World Snail Racing returns to Congham Fete, in Norfolk

Young Anton Lucas proudly displays his world champion snail Zoomer.

Zoomer won the World Snail Racing Championship final in a time of three minutes and twenty three seconds.

Anton, six, from Ashwicken, near King's Lynn was entering the championships for the first time.

They were held as part of the Congham village fete at Grimston Cricket Ground yesterday.

Snail master Neil Riseborough said: 'Some of the racing was pretty close and intense and there was a dead heat in one race. The final was won quite clearly though.

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'It's a shame that turnout was down by quite a bit compared to what we usually get. We often have about 2,000 people here. Because we've had a lot of rain many people assumed it was off.

'The people that did come had a great time though, and I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to be here.'

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