Derbyshire, U.K. (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- Fenny Bently a small village in Derbyshire, Northern England hosted the very British World Toe Wrestling Championship.
Fenny Bently a small village in Derbyshire, Northern England hosted the very British World Toe Wrestling Championship. Toe Wrestling is a bit like arm wrestling but with your feet. There are two people in each bout and each contest is the best of three. Courtesy: Reuters / CBS Newspath
Once again, "Nasty" Nash crushes opposition for 14th title at World Toe Wrestling Championships, his sixth in succession.
Toe Wrestling is a bit like arm wrestling but with your feet. There are two people in each bout and each contest is the best of three. The toe wrestlers start by locking right toes, then left, then right again.
There is a men's and a women's championship.
The competition began in Derbyshire in 1976 when a group of walkers at the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn, in Wetton (a small village about 12 miles away) set about searching for a game that only the British could win. With a lack of any talent in existing sports, the decision was made to invent a new one and the weird event has been an annual highlight since.
A podiatrist, Alison Barley, was on hand for Toe inspections prior to the competition start. Contestants must have their toes thoroughly examined for signs of fungus and injury before being given clearance to compete, although for some competitors a visit to the chiropodist would certainly be in order post championship.
An arena aptly named the 'Toedium' is where the bouts are staged. Referee Ben Woodroffe got proceedings started with the announcement 'Toes away'.
In the men's final current World champion Alan 'Nasty' Nash out toed 'Doc Toe Scholl' to claim his 14th World title, his 6th win in succession. He first won the event in 1994 and comes from Stoke on Trent.
A lady called Rebecca Beech took the women's title beating her mum, who had been a previous winner.