Dorset knob-throwing event attracts thousands

A lady throwing a knob Image copyright Rupert Cake/Chris Ould
Image caption The savoury biscuits must be thrown underarm and the competitor must keep one foot on the ground

Thousands of people attended a "knob-throwing" competition in Dorset but did not see the world tossing record broken.

The Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival event in Cattistock involved participants chucking the locally-made, spherical biscuit as far as they could.

Organisers hoped a new record would be set but Dave Phillips' throw of 29.4m (96ft) in 2012 could not be beaten.

The event also featured a knob-eating contest, knob darts and a knob-a-thon.

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Image caption The Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival event takes place in Cattistock, near Dorchester

Organiser Nigel Collins thought up the idea for the festival, which has been running since 2008, after seeing a Yorkshire pudding-throwing contest.

Knob-throwing is the "centrepiece" of the event, but Mr Collins said he kept adding games to the event.

"The knob-a-thon is a lot less strenuous than anything athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill or Mo Farah might compete in, but it involves taking part in at least five knob games," said Mr Collins.

Other games include putt the knob, knob walking, knob archery, guess the weight of the knob and pin the knob on the Cerne Giant.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are estimated to have attended this year's event.

"It was a fantastic day and I'd like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and local producers," said Mr Collins.

Image copyright Rupert Cake/Chris Ould
Image caption Other games include pin the knob on the Cerne Giant (pictured)

The men's competition was won by Patrick Lisoire with a throw of 23.7m (77ft), the women's by Alice Cowen with a throw of 19m (62ft) and the under-12s' by Jack Courtier-Dutton with a throw of 18m (59ft).

The winners receive their winning biscuit, made by the Moores family since 1860, and a plaque, while their names are added to a board in the village hall.

The knob-eating contest started in 2012 and that year's winner Stuart Lambert still holds the record.

"He managed 14 in the one minute time limit - he was stuffing two knobs in at a time, though," Mr Collins said.

Knob-throwing rules

  • Three knobs per go, furthest knob thrown is measured
  • Use only knobs provided
  • Standing throw from marked standing point
  • Underarm throwing only
  • One foot must remain on the ground during each toss
  • Distance of the furthest knob only measured within the designated throwing zone, which is 5m (16ft) x 32m (104ft)
  • Knob measured at final resting place
  • If knob breaks upon landing it will be the umpire's decision as to its final resting place

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