World conker champion crowned in Northamptonshire
A man who beat 176 people to take the the title in the 48th World Conker Championships said he had "dreamed about this moment".
The competitors from countries including the United States, Mexico, and Italy, took part in the competition in Southwick, Northamptonshire.
John Doyle, a computer programmer from Leamington Spa, was crowned world champion.
Stephanie Withall, a beekeeper from Burton Latimer, was runner-up.
The event, which started in 1965, is organised by the Ashton Conker Club and this year saw 177 people take part.
Players take turns at hitting their opponent's conker and the game goes on until one of the conkers is completely destroyed.
It is described by organisers as "a great spectacle of modern-day gladiators fighting for glory armed only with a nut and 12" of string".
Overall champion Mr Doyle said conkers was "an ideal game for a non-sporty person who doesn't even like watching sport".
"But there's a lot more strategy involved than in other games. Hopefully it'll be in the Olympics next time," he added.
Competitors play on eight white podiums and go through a number of rounds until the winner emerges.
Mr Doyle beat off stiff competition including the self-styled "US national team" from Wisconsin, who turned up wearing "cheese on our heads because we're from the cheese state".
The organiser of the North American Conker Championship, Peter Davies, flew in from Nova Scotia, Canada, to pick up some tips.
His event was inspired by the Northamptonshire World Championships three years ago.
"We'll learn a few things from around here. We don't have a costume competition, so I really wanted to see that," he said.
Money raised from the event goes to charities for the blind or partially sighted and, over the years, more than £400,000 has been donated.