World Conker Championships return to north Northants tomorrow

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships 2014 
Action from the 49th annual World Conker Championships
StJohn Burkett
Sunday 12th October 2014 NNL-141210-193945009
Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships 2014 Action from the 49th annual World Conker Championships StJohn Burkett Sunday 12th October 2014 NNL-141210-193945009
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More than 200 entrants will hope to conker each other tomorrow (Sunday) as a world championship comes to rural Northamptonshire.

The World Conker Championships return to The Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick near Oundle from 11am to 3.30pm.

Competitors from around the globe will try to batter each other’s conkers using their own as they hope to take the world crowns, currently held by England’s Steve Prescott and Amy Farrow.

Championships chairman Steve Kisby is hoping for a good turnout again.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I just hope the weather keeps up.

“We normally get 2,000 to 3,000 spectators and this year we’ve got about 200 entrants.

“In 1976 we had a Mexican winner and in 1998 the winner was German.

“Some are coming from as far as Russia and Japan this year.

“We haven’t got as many from Europe this year but we can blame that on Brexit!”

Since the first championships in 1965, a total of £410,252.99 has been raised for charities supporting blind people.

And Mr Kisby would love to add a few thousand more to that total this year.

He added: “The money that we raise goes a long way to charities we support, such as the Huntingdon Society for the Blind, the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind and sometimes the RNIB.

“We haven’t managed to get a sponsor this year but it’s all about raising the profile and making sure we carry on raising money.”

Sky Sports will be at the championships filming the action, with a wide range of entertainment also on offer for attending spectators.