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The big yoke is on you, Simon Cowell!

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 04, 2013

By Sam Morris

  • Poultry results: A member of the GB team, above, in despair after exiting the Russian Egg Roulette; the Japanese team, below

  • Not seeing yolk.

  • Members of the Japanese team watching the competition

  • A contestant playing Russian egg roulette

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Competitors travelled thousands of miles to take part in this year's World Egg Throwing Championships.

Hundreds of eggs were thrown, caught and many more smashed at the eighth annual event on Sunday, June 30.

Teams from around the globe, including Holland, Germany, Ireland and Japan, descended on Swaton, near Sleaford, to take part in the competition.

There were four disciplines – Russian egg roulette, the egg throwing championship, the static relay and the trebuchet challenge.

Members of the public could also take part in an accuracy competition – throwing eggs at a human target.

Organisers had invited Simon Cowell to attend after he was pelted with eggs on the live final of ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent.

But he and Natalie Holt, who threw the eggs at the music mogul, were not present at the event held at the Swaton Vintage Day and Country Fayre.

Andy Dunlop, world president of the world egg throwing federation, said it was a record-breaking event.

"It was the biggest crowd we have ever had," he said.

"We are still counting the cash, too, and we expect to break more records.

"There were a wonderful group of people from around the globe taking part and it made for a great spectacle.

"It was great to see the Japanese team do well after travelling 10,000 miles to get here.

"There was quite a bit of skill on show and it was a pleasure to watch.

"It was disappointing that Mr Cowell didn't show and he has missed out on some serious publicity.

"He would also have seen some real talent from all around the world, not just Britain, so it is his loss."

Richard Wells and Tom Harrison, from Billingborough Cricket Club, won the egg throwing competition with a distance of 57.2 metres.

Mark Heselwood, representing England, won the Russian egg roulette competition and the Japanese team won the trebuchet event, which involved creating an egg-tossing contraption.

A mixed team won the static egg relay.

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  • Roadscource  |  July 04 2013, 12:39PM

    "While millions in the world are starving, people in the western world waste food by chucking it at each other" While millions in the world are starving, people in the western world waste money on entertainment which could be sent as aide money..............will you be selling your telly now?

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  • colliebird  |  July 04 2013, 11:30AM

    While millions in the world are starving, people in the western world waste food by chucking it at each other.

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