Pea champion takes back his title at Witcham

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams.

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Long standing pea shoot pioneer Jim Collins took back his title when he was crowned world champion during the 2016 sporting event at Witcham.

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams.

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The championshps, into their 46th year, saw Jim take the title back from rival Rob Bresler in a day where rain only stopped play for about an hour as sun broke through the clouds for a dry day of pea shooting fun.

Organiser John Wells said: “The weather was kind and we had crowds enjoy another successful day.”

Winner of the ladies championships was Michelle Berry with runner up Sonija Romanova

Michelle made history by regaining her title for the third consecutive year, using a laser shooter made by her father.

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams.

World pea shooting championships Witcham. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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She fought her way through a strong field, while also reaching the semi-finals in the open championship category.

Keeping it in the family for the junior championships was Charlotte Collins as winner and runner up her sister Martha Collins.

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Team winner was Haddenham Easy Riders and runners up Haddenham Beer Festival.

The junior team winners were Petit Peas while the most inventive pea shooter winner was Madelaine Bresler with a shooter entitled give peas a chance.

The World Pea Shooting Championship has been held annually since 1971 in the village and was conceived as a fund-raising idea to build a modern village hall by the headmaster of the village school at that time John Tyson (1925–2002).

This year’s event raised £2,000.

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