THERE was fierce competition and torrential rain at Langham Brewery’s sixth annual conker competition.
Despite the weather, some 200 people turned out to support the event, which was the second biggest held at the Lodsworth brewery and raised more than £200 for the Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
“Langham Brewery would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who came along on Sunday to support us,” said organiser Lesley Foulkes.
“The weather forecast was grim, but it did not deter the merry band of conker addicts, young and old, who battled it out in torrential rain, thunder and lightning to see who would win the coveted Langham Cup for seniors and Langham Shield for juniors.”
In an exhausting junior final, lasting over half an hour, the three contenders played a nail-biting knockout contest and the eventual champion was Oliver O’Regan, with Alex River-Pearman, from Lodsworth, the gallant runner-up.
In the all-female senior final, Katie Marriott from Midhurst, who had stormed through earlier rounds, was the emphatic winner, with Helen Yates taking away some Langhams Ale as her runner-up prize.
Umpires Adrian Morris, Rufus Warner and James Berrow were joined this year by newcomer Ben Foulkes.
There was a variety of stalls including face painting and cake decorating and music was provided by Ed Goodale and Stanislauski’s polka band. Alan Barsby’s miniature engine gave youngsters rides throughout the afternoon.