A very good day for Poohsticks

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The Independent Online
COMPETITORS at the 10th World Poohsticks Championships held yesterday in Oxfordshire get ready to rush to the other side of the bridge at Days Lock, Little Wittenham, just as Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends did in A A Milne's masterpiece (above).

Hundreds of competitors, known as 'racers', took part in 100 heats, dropping their multicoloured Poohsticks over one side of the famous footbridge and then dashing to the other side to see the winning stick emerge. Last year 700 racers attended, with some coming from Sweden, Norway and the US.

Sue Rayner, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, was the eventual winner, taking home a giant bear and the championship cup.

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