Slow and steady wins the race as Larry conquerors World Snail Racing Championship held near King’s Lynn

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

It is one of the most eccentric, and slowest, but much-loved Norfolk traditions.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

This year's World Snail Racing Championship, held in the village of Congham, near King's Lynn, attracted 135 molluscs who leisurely battled it out to be crowned champion.

No records were set but as always it was a fierce and exciting competition.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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Larry the snail was quicker than his competitors and covered the 13inch course in two minutes and forty seven seconds - the record being two minutes.

Larry's owner Tara Beasley, 41, found him in her garden in Castle Acre, near Swaffham, the night before the big event.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Hilary Scase, who is involved with the championship, said: 'It was quite a slow time. It was a bit windy and snails don't like wind, so all times were quite slow.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

'Tara has taken Larry home and she has treated him to some grapes. She thinks that he managed to win because when she got him out of the garden she sat him on cucumber and she thought that was a good diet.

'She is now going to keep him for a bit to spoil him.'

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

She added: 'She was quite overwhelmed when her snail won. She has never been in a snail race before.'

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

The championship is the main attraction of village's fete held on Grimston Cricket Field.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

The day, which raises funds for St Andrew's church, also included live music, a hog roast, bottle stall, games, teas, cakes and a raffle.

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

World Snail Racing Championships at Grimston. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Snail trainer Neil Riseborough said of the event: 'The racing was first class and some of the best racing we have ever had.

'But the snails were slow because of the wind. It is one of the best racing days I have had for a long while.'

The championship has been taking place for decades and involves the snails racing from the centre of the circle to the outside.

Mrs Scase, who has been involved for 25 years, said there were 'lots and lots of people' who attended.

She said: 'It's been going nearly 50 years I would say but nobody really knows.

'We moved to the village and my husband decided to help the village and this is what we have been doing.

'It is a nice event. It is lovely for children and great competition in the schools because they talk about it beforehand.'

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