SEE VIDEO: Field gathers for World Snail Racing Championships at Congham

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Forget the Ashes or the Open. If you wanted to see world championship action this afternoon, then Congham was the place to be.

That’s because the village’s annual fete played host to the snail racing world championship, with 175 entered into the competition.

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But, while entrants came from as far afield as Germany and Hong Kong, the champion was a local competitor.

George, who was entered by Dale Thorne, of Gayton, beat Popeye into second place.

Competing snails race over a 13 inch course, with the winner the first to travel from the inner red circle to the outer circle.

Neil Riseborough, the Snail Master who started each of the 12 heats and the final with his cry of “Ready, Steady, Slow”, said the warm, dry conditions were not ideal for racing.

But he added: “The racing has been sensational. For a little village fete to have all these people here is fantastic.”

Our video shows the final as it unfolded.