“And that was the beginning of the game called Poohsticks, which Pooh invented, and which he and his friends used to play on the edge of the Forest. But they played with sticks instead of fir-cones, because they were easier to mark.”
The House at Pooh Corner
Wouldn’t it be great to be world champion at something by the age of five. This was what I was thinking as we arrived at the World Pooh Sticks Championships on Sunday having done no training whatsoever.
Held annually to raise money for the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires, the event was held this year in Witney, a stone’s throw from the town centre. With the team event taking place first, we watched for a while before signing up small son for the individual event and helping him choose a coloured stick.
Husband’s tip was to go for the heaviest, but small son completely ignored him as he was too busy asking if he could splat the rat or go on the bouncy castle. There was live music too and a beer tent, but we were not to be distracted! We were in the first event and our yellow stick lined up against purple, blue, white and others. Small son dropped the stick and we dashed to the other side to peer into the water. We got there before our stick, to watch it dawdle out and cross the finish line in third place.
So our dreams were quashed, but we’re looking to the future and have our sights now set on the World Nettle Eating Championships in Dorset. These usually take place in June, but are likely to be held in July or August this year, giving us plenty of time to get training!
All was not lost at Pooh Sticks as small son did finally get his go on the bouncy castle and also got to meet one of his heroes, Ben Fogle, who also failed to qualify for round 2 of Pooh Sticks! (Ben pictured below in the blue top!)