Snail racing and fete fun at Congham. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

The hot weather proved a headache for trainer Neil Riseborough in staging this year’s World Snail Racing Championships at Congham.

Mr Riseborough said he had never known such a slow race as 190 snails were entered into last Saturday’s event.

But, despite the heat and lack of entrants, 11 snails made it through to the final.

The winner in a time of three minutes and 10 seconds was Hosta owned by Jo Waterfield, of Grimston.

The record time remains at two minutes for a distance of around 13 inches set in 1995 by a snail called Archie. 

This year’s winner, named after its passion for munching through it owner’s hosta plants, received a prize of a silver tankard full of lettuce leaves.

An estimated 500 people attended the fete, raising £3,000 towards the upkeep of  the 15th century St Andrew’s Church.

As well as the snail racing, there were stalls, competitions and other attractions including a ukelele band and strawberry and cream teas.