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Welly Wanging At Burton Bradstock

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8:49am 26th December 2012

If you're looking for something a bit different to do this Boxing Day this Christmas - how's about a spot of Welly Wanging?

The Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock are holding a special beachside competition with a cash prize to whoever can wang their welly the furthest plus a target challenge and children's best decorated welly competition.

The event will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Bridport Lions.

The Hive will be open from 10am -2pm serving hearty breakfast baps and drinks.

But believe it or not - there are rules.

World Welly Wanging Association rules

1.            Welly wanging is a sport open to all people irrespective of age, sex, race, creed, religion, nationality and colour.
2.            The sport shall be a civilised affair. Fair play, good humour and good manners shall be exhibited at all times.
3.            No umpire shall be needed. A player's word and their honour shall be sufficient.
4.            Distances shall be measured in yards, feet and inches. None of this European nonsense.
5.            The standard welly shall be the Dunlop green, size 9, non steel toe-cap. Competitors shall select whether they use left or right welly.
6.            No tampering with the welly shall be allowed. Factory finish only. No silicone polish is to be applied.
7.            A maximum run-up of 42 paces shall be allowed. This distance was chosen in memory of Douglas Adams, himself a proponent of the sport.
8.            The run-up shall end with a straight line of 10 feet in length, that being the width of a standard Yorkshire gate.
9.            The welly shall land within the area defined by the straight lines between the Upperthong Gala field and Holme Moss television mast on one side, and on the other by the line between the field and Longley Farm windmill. This playing area is known as the 'Thong'.
10.          There shall be four categories: Men's and Women's, and Boys and Girls (u-14's)
11.          The welly shall be projected using any action of the arm or foot for the respective categories.
12.          The use of wind assistance is allowed and, indeed, encouraged. Waiting for a suitable gust, however, is limited to one minute. No artificial or man-made wind is to be used.
13.          The winners of the two adult categories at the World Championships shall be proclaimed world champion for the forthcoming 12 months, and be awarded a prize as set by the organisers.

There are four main techniques for ensuring good welly propulsion:

One handed - This is a commonly used technique, where the competitor uses a single hand to propel his or her welly. This can be attempted either right or left-handed, but you cannot use both simultaneously on separate boots.

Double handed - This is often used where there is a particularly large welly, so that both hands can fit securely around the boot. Propulsion in this position usually involves a shot-put-style swing technique.

Between the legs - This is where the competitor throws the welly from between their legs, facing towards the target and bending the legs slightly to accommodate the swing. This is a commonly applied technique for smaller competitors and beginners.

Backward throw - This is when the competitor throws the welly over their head, whilst facing away from their target. Whilst this enables a large back swing, it also means that the target is out of sight for the duration of the throw. The competitor must also be wary of having the boot land on their head when throwing in this position.

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