English crack egg-chuck challenge
Published 27/06/2010 | 21:41
Despite the nation's crunch World Cup game against Germany, thousands turned out to watch English contestants take titles in the World Egg-Throwing championships.
A spokesman said despite an expected low turnout due to the football, there was standing room only at the World Egg Throwing Federation's temporary headquarters in Swaton, Lincolnshire.
Federation president Andy Dunlop said English contestants won four out of five categories in the contest - effectively a 4-1 win over their rivals.
"That's 4-1 in England's favour, which is a better result than 4-1 against," he said, referring to England's crushing defeat against Germany in South Africa. "There's been more British champions in egg-throwing than any other sport today."
He said more than 300 contestants took part in the various disciplines, including a two-person throw and catch event, target throwing, the egg static relay, an egg trebuchet, and the "Russian Egg Roulette".
Mr Dunlop said the final of the throw and catch saw a pair of Australians fall at the first hurdle, along with others who suffered in the 27C temperatures.
He said: "The failure of the heats to reach exciting distances was made even more interesting when a pair of 12-year-olds Darragh Hardy and Damian Wellington in the under-13s event managed 25 metres. They were immediately posted into the adult final to add some decent competition to lacklustre performances of the 'big people'."
The English pair beat off opposition from the adults, winning the title.
In the target throwing contest, more than 50 people tried to hit the aptly dressed "German Officer", with the winner being pronounced as Michael Bently. Mr Dunlop said: "I don't even know where he is from, he went off to watch the football and left before we announced the result."
In the Egg Trebuchet, out of nine teams the Dutch failed to make more than five metres despite the effort of five scientists. Mr Dunlop said the winners were a joint team of Latvian welders, who built the trebuchet, operated by an English team from Market Deeping - the only non full-English team to take a title.