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2014 World Championship Snail Racing in Congham (Norfolk)<br />
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Zeben Butler-Alldred, aged 5, from London receive the coveter prize.<br />
The 2014 championships were held on 19th July 2014 and the winner was a snail called Wells owned and trained by Zeben Butler-Alldred, aged 5, from London.  Wells completed the course in 3 minutes 19 seconds, a slow time because of the heat. Zeben was on holiday in West Norfolk and named his snail after the local town Wells which he liked.<br />
General info:For more than 25 years the World Snail Racing Championships have been held at Congham, near King's Lynn, in Norfolk.Before snails can enter a race a sticker with a number must be put on so they can be identified. The snails race from the centre of a circle to the outside. The circle has a radius of 13 inches. The snails are put in the middle and pointed in the right direction.The  Snail Master Neil starts the races. He shouts: "Ready, steady, SLOW!" And off dash the snails! The Snail Master keeps the course well-watered as snails like damp conditions.Races are held on a table covered with a white cloth. Machine a circle, with braid in the middle, and then machine a similar circle 13 inches away.Owners do dress up. The World record stands at 2 minutes over the 13 inches. It was set up in 1995 by a snail called Archie. The record can only be challenged at the World Championships at Congham.Giant foreign snails are not allowedOften owners like to give their snails names like Speedy or Schumacher!<br />
Picture by Marcello Pozzetti © IPS PHOTO AGENCY<br />
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