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Wilkin the wonderful welly wanger achieves new record
6:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A NEW welly wanging world record has been set in the traditional home of the sport in the North - but joy has turned to bitter devastation after the world championship title was lost to a team from the south.
Mike O’Carroll, landlord of the Duke of Wellington pub in Welbury, near Northallerton where the sport has been championed, said a winter of serious welly wanging training is now in store to try to win the title back next year.
Mr O'Carroll said: “We did get a world record which is a major achievement.
"Alistair Wilkin from Danby Wiske set that with a distance of 36 metres. It was an extraordinary throw with the welly sailing over the highest part of the concrete wall in the back field, a feat never achieved before."
Unfortunately Mr Wilkin was unable to repeat the throw during a head-to-head world championships - conducted via mobile phone against a team from the village of Wellington, in Somerset, and the title went south.
The opponents did not play by the Welbury rules which stipulate you have to throw from a standing start, which is generally thought to be safer.
The Wellington wangers had a run up - although a magnanimous Mr O’Carroll is not crying foul.
He said: “The Welbury rules are stricter. If you have a run up the welly can veer off in all directions, whereas it is more controlled from a standing start. That’s not to say we don’t have wellies going awry though.
"We also have the Cinderella rule so you have to throw a welly you can fit your foot into. There’s also a series of allowances, for children, age and gender to make it as fair as possible."
He added: “When people ask what makes a good welly wanger, some would say the beer, others philosophy and for some it’s down to style."
In Welbury they have been nurturing young talent for the future. Alan Brooks broke his own world record with 20 metres to win the boys under 16 and, at only four-years-old, Logan Fenwick clinched a world record with 8.1 metres.
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