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Return of snail racing

UPI – After a year-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Snail Racing World Championships in Congham, England, are set to make a comeback.

This beloved event has now been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the longest running humane snail-racing world championships.

The event was founded by Tom Elwes in the 1960s after he attended a snail racing event in France. Guinness World Records has now named the annual event the longest running humane snail-racing world championships.

The race features snails attempting to cover a distance of 13 inches. The world record of 22 seconds was set by a snail named Archie in 1995.

The top prize in the race is a tankard of lettuce.

Spectators during the Snail Racing World Championships in Congham, England. PHOTO: UPI
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