World conker contest swings back into action

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Contestants are raring to go at a world conker championships – with more than 100 competitors already signing up.

The World Conker Championships in Northamptonshire are set to make a comeback in October with a new venue and plenty of participants that ready to show off their conker skills.

There are only 128 places out of 256 remaining for the men’s contest, and 32 entries open for the ladies’ competition.

Last year’s event had to be cancelled after fears that high winds could ruin the show and leave the organisers with a hefty bill, much to the disappointment of thousands of contestants.

To avoid a repeat of last year, the organisers, Ashton Conker Club, are looking to move to a risk-free venue.

Club secretary John Hadman said: “We are always pleased when we get loads of people wanting to join in.

“The world conker championship is a nice family day out with a wonderful atmosphere and there’s something for everyone to do with all the other activities going on other than the competition during the day.

“We are hoping to find a venue as close to Oundle as possible as our previous venue had too much of a risk of strong winds and we can’t risk cancelling again this year.”

This quirky sport has gained a large following over the past few years and has made a name for itself worldwide.

Contestants fly in for the championships from places such as New Zealand, Mexico and America.

For over 40 years the championships have raised funds for several charities such as the Northamptonshire Association For The Blind.

The organisers of the World Conker Championship will reveal the new venue nearer the date of Sunday, October 14.

Entrance costs for spectators is £4 for adults and £2 for senior citizens and children.

The competition is set to start at 10.30am.