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Sunday 01 October 2006

Come On Down: Lewes Hosts World Pea Throwing Championship

The eighth World Pea Throwing Championship comes to the Lewes Arms Pub, this month. So, take the challenge and help aid the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

Organisers are calling for anyone who thinks they have got the right throwing techniques to head down to Lewes and join in the fun.

Competitors will be invited to try their luck against last year's champion Steve Foster who managed to throw his pea a staggering 33.7m as well as the current female champion Roberta Woodhouse who managed an impressive 28.5m.

Claire McCord, Landlady of the Lewes Arms pub that organises the event, comments, "This is an amusing event in the diary that I look forward to every year.

"It's such a fun way to raise money for charity and it's great that something that was suggested by a regular in the pub is now still going strong in its eighth year.

"This year we have decided to donate all monies raised to the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus for whom we are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds."

The contest is highly competitive drawing hundreds of people along each year. For the serious contenders though, the distance to beat is 38.7m, set by world record thrower Danny Tear - go Danny!

Sponsor and Birds Eye pea expert Colin Wright comments: "Birds Eye peas are the ideal choice for competitors as, because they are frozen, they're guaranteed to stay in peak condition throughout flight.

Not only that but, as we choose only perfect peas for our packets, discarding those that are not perfectly round, contestants can rest assured that they will be more aerodynamic than any other pea! Let's hope this year we manage to set a new world record for pea throwing."

What: World Pea Throwing Championship, sponsored by Birds Eye
Where: Lewes Arms Pub, Mount Place, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YH
When: Sunday 8th October
Time: 2pm

by: Vanessa Eley

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