World hen racing championship to be held in Derbyshire

A pub in Derbyshire is preparing to host the 20th annual world hen racing championship.

The event, held at the Barley Mow in Bonsall, involves birds being released at a start line and encouraged along a track by their human “coaches”.

Held on the first Saturday of every August, the tournament is expected to attract hundreds of competitors and spectators.

People can bring their own hens or “rent” one for the day.

The competition was first devised by the pub’s former landlord Alan Webster in 1991 after he learned villages would compete with each other to race hens in the early 20th Century.

Entry to the event is free but there will be a collection for an animal welfare charity.

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