The world stage set for egg throwing championships

Splat a lot! Competitors cracking under the pressure at last year's Russian Egg Roulette. Photo: 9605SA-53
Splat a lot! Competitors cracking under the pressure at last year's Russian Egg Roulette. Photo: 9605SA-53

THE World Egg Throwing Federation is eggcited by the prospect of a truly epic games as the world’s best egg tossers converge on Swaton, near Sleaford for June 24 and the seventh World Egg Throwing Championships.

The event is part of the annual Swaton Vintage Day and the teams have been practising hard since the close of last year’s season and promise a better than ever event.

There will be throw and catch pairs, egg throwing relay, egg flinging trebuchet, target throwing and the infamous Russian egg roulette.

This is as well as the regular country show attractions and displays in the main ring between 10.30am and 5pm including jousting and chainsaw sculpture, dog show and agility display, live music, trade and charity stands, children’s entertainment, craft tent, food, Swaton real ale and over 400 vintage vehicles, from motorbikes and cars to lorries and farm machinery.

The egg throwing championships have featured on both national and international television in the past and won national tourism awards for the quirkiest event.

Last year’s champs, the Dutch, return again to take on the world. According to organiser Andy Dunlop, the Dutch team has just set a new world record in the Dutch heats of 73.2m. The Germans, this year submitting two teams, have expressed that they see “No problem” as their teams are regularly making the catch at 55m in training despite strong cross winds. Irish champ Paul Murphy has already confirmed that he will be attending to defend his title in Russian Egg Roulette, as have the Latvians, with their trebuchet.

Mr Dunlop added: “We expect Joel Hicks (World Gravy Wrestling Champion and star of Britain’s Got Talent) to once again step up to the mark to be target in the Throwing with Accuracy Challenge.”

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All money raised by the event is used to support local, national and international good causes.

Entry is £4 for adults, £3 for OAPs, £2 for school age children, free for under 5s and £10 family ticket. The show is at Thorpe Latimer, between Swaton and Helpringham on the B1394.