Pooh Sticks championships voted quirkiest UK race

Bicester Advertiser: Event organiser Munro Watt with his wife Julie and children Douglas, five, and Cameron, seven, on the Pooh Sticks start point at the Thames. Buy this photo Event organiser Munro Watt with his wife Julie and children Douglas, five, and Cameron, seven, on the Pooh Sticks start point at the Thames.

THERE’S no outdoor pursuit more unusual than the World Pooh Sticks Championships, according to a quirkiest event award voted for by readers of Countryfile magazine.

The championships are played each spring at Days Lock, Little Wittenham, based on a game in AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.

Those taking part travel from all over the world to race marked sticks in the River Thames.

The Pooh Sticks championships are organised each year by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires.

Event organiser Munro Watt, 45, from Cholsey, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way.

“It’s a nice accolade and it might boost the numbers we get next year. Usually about 1,500 people take part.”

It raises about £3,000 every year for charities.

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3:04pm Tue 4 Sep 12

B.W.S angel girl says...

Hello everyone.

I have to say this is a brilliant event a really fun day out. I will be going to it next year and cant wait. The Rotary Club that runs it are a brilliant bunch of people. A big thank you to Oxford Spires for putting the event on.
Hello everyone. I have to say this is a brilliant event a really fun day out. I will be going to it next year and cant wait. The Rotary Club that runs it are a brilliant bunch of people. A big thank you to Oxford Spires for putting the event on. B.W.S angel girl
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