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Sally Redman-Davies from Oakham in Rutland defends her women's title at the World Pea Shooting Championships in Witcham

An Oakham woman has successfully defender her world title in pea shooting.

Sally Redman-Davies won the women’s crown at the World Pea Shooting Championships in Witcham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, for the second year running on Saturday (July 13).

The 57 year-old only received a pea shooter a week before last year’s championship from her partner Ian Ashmeade because he ‘loves things fun and eccentric’.

A delighted Sally and Ian celebrate their wins
A delighted Sally and Ian celebrate their wins

Ian, from Haddenham in Cambridgeshire, won his fourth open title on Saturday.

Sally, a sustainable transport officer at Rutland County Council, said: “Last year it was a total surprise because it was my first time.

“My partner Ian had given me the pea shooter the week before.

“This year I was taking it a bit more seriously but I still didn’t get in as much practice as I would have liked.

“What really put us competitors out was that the peas we were provided with were all wrong!

“They were not spherical and a bit big for the pea shooter but we were able to make some adjustments on the Saturday morning.”

The annual World Pea Shooting Championships, in its 49th year, has contestants from all over the world, standing 12ft from a target and blowing out peas at a dartboard through a

The inner circle scores five points, the middle circle three points, and the outer circle one point.

Sally’s route the final saw her having to first qualify, then take part in the knock-outs before making the semi-final and then onto the final where she faced Madeline

After shooting 10 peas each, both their scores were level so it went to a tie-break.

“It was all a bit of a blur,” said Sally.

“It went down to an appeal and my opponent went first and scored a three and I scored a five and that was it.

“I’m a very competitive person and I’ve done shooting before so it was a nice feeling.”

The secret to doing well in pea shooting is to blow with the same amount of puff for every shot.

Too little will see it go below the target with too much pushing the pea over.

The competition began in Witcham in 1971 and attracts crowds of people.

Sally added: “It’s a really nice family day and it’s so well run.

“Next year, it will be celebrating 50 years so it’s going to be quite a big event.”

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