CONKER CHAMPIONSHIP

CONKER CHAMPIONSHIP

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 17th October 2018

World Conker Champions 2018 crowned in Northamptonshire

As I have blogged Granddaughter Freya and myself are experts at collecting conkers. I am relieve that some folk still get lots of fun and satisfaction from a game of conkers, even though it is not ‘a game of thrones’.

Women’s champion Karen Holloway, 32, from Derby, beat men’s champion Stuart Campbell, from Peterborough, to be declared the overall winner at the World Conker Championships 2018 held at the  in Northamptonshire

About 250 competitors braved wet, cold and blustery conditions to take part in the event at Southwick, Northamptonshire.

She said she was looking forward to getting dry and having dinner.

This year’s overall winner Karen Holloway (left) canoed about 15 miles from Islip to Oundle on Saturday before taking part.

Ms Holloway had taken part in the championship once before as a child and her training for this year had been to “practise for 20 minutes in the dark Saturday night”.

The event has takes place at The Shuckburgh Arms, Main St., Southwick, Peterborough, PE8 5BL since 1965 and has raised £420,000 for charities.

Competitors travel from around the country to take part. More than 2,000 spectators were expected but organisers said the blustery weather meant fewer competitors lingered to watch the outcome after they were knocked out.

Organiser St John Burkett said the winners take home a trophy, but ultimately they compete “for the glory”.

The event has been running since 1965 and raised about £415,000 for charities for the blind and partially-sighted.

Chelsea Pensioner John Riley, then 85, was named the 2017 ‘Conker King’

Official rules

Conkers are provided for each game and cannot be tampered with or reused.

There must be at least 20cm (8in) of lace between knuckle and nut.

Each player takes three alternate strikes at their opponent’s conker, with a game decided once one of the conkers is smashed.

If a game lasts for more than five minutes it is halted and each player will be allowed a further nine strikes.

If neither conker is smashed then the winner will be the player who hit the nut the most times during this period.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. — Confuciusm, Confucius: The Analect

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is… ignoring H&S and having a good old fashioned game of conkers

WHAT IS TODAY?

TODAY LIKE EVERY DAY IS A SPECIAL DAY AS WE CELEBRATE ON 17th OCTOBER

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A holiday sure to appeal to some people more than others, Spreadsheet Day commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal computers, was released – October 17th, 1979

Global Dignity Day

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Poverty has many faces, whether it be starving children in Africa or India or whether it be a struggling single Mother crying in the supermarket as her children look on confused.

Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

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Wear Something Gaudy Day

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Mulligan Day

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 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I just deleted all the German names from my phone. Now, it’s Hans free – Darren Walsh

LOVE IS…

Love is… Saving for a rainy day

TRACK OF THE DAY

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

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