The race is on to find the first Great Aylsham Snail Race winner.
For more than 25 years, the World Snail Racing Championships had been held at Congham, near King’s Lynn. But Covid stalled the races and they were subsequently abandoned as a result.
However, we in Slow Food, whose symbol is the snail, are keen to revive the event in Aylsham and will hold the first races at the Food & Craft Market on Saturday 5 August,. from 10.30am – it’s a fun event for young and old alike – but mainly young – with FREE entry.
“Children make better snail owners and trainers than adults. They make pets of their snails and let them crawl all over their arms, legs and faces,” says Hilary Scase, who organised the Congham races.
The world record of two minutes over the 13-inch course was set up by a snail called Archie in 1995. “He went out to stud as is usually the way with world champions,” says Hilary.
How to enterSimply email email@example.com with name, age, and contact details of the entrant as well as the name of your snail to be registered.
The current World Champion is a snail called Larry, whose owner came from Castle Acre near Swaffham. His time was 2 minutes 47 seconds.
“The race is organised and refereed by the Snail Master who keeps order, tests for drugs, watches out for cheating, and starts the races. He keeps the course well-watered to encourage good speeds.”
Entrants are advised to collect snails from a garden or hedgerow. Favourite places are behind or underneath big stones. They like wet areas. And owners like to give their snails names like Speedy or Zoomer.
So start the hunt for your winning snail now.
The following Aylsham traders are entered in the Snail Race – Business Challenge
ABEF – Aylsham Business Enterprise Forum
Mane Street Barbers
Ms of Aylsham