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Photo by Andrew Tobin/Tobinators Ltd - 07710 761829 - Women's World Champion Helen Phillips takes aim on her way to winning the final versus Helen Watson (background) during the World Peashooting Championships held at Witcham, Cambridgeshire, UK on 13th July 2013. Run in conjunction with the village fair, the Championships have been held in Witcham since 1971 when they were started by a Mr Tyson, the village schoolmaster, in order to raise funds for the village hall.Competitors come from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand to attempt to win the event. The latest technology is often used, including laser sights and titanium and carbon fibre peashooters. All peashooters must conform to strict length rules, not exceeding 12 inches, and have to hit a target 12 feet away. Shooting 5 peas at a plasticine target attached to a hay bale, the highest scorers move through the initial rounds to a knockout competition, followed by a sudden death 10-pea shootout.