Campaign for Real Conkers
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Campaigners plan conker free for all on 16th October at Olympic Park
The Campaign for Real Conkers is set to go ahead with a conker free for all on Sunday 16th October a week after the World Conker Championship which took place on 9th October. The campaigners say that unlike the tightly controlled Championships they have an anything goes approach.
The conker free for all will take place, weather allowing, near the towpath area adjacent to Here East, on the edge of the Olympic Park close to Hackney Wick station from around 2pm on 16th October. People can just turn up with a match ready conker and play, unchecked.
Campaign for Real Conkers organiser Keith Flett said, conker playing is in decline and what we are attempting to do here is to promote the game by showing that you don’t need rules and regulations or official approval to play. Just turn up and try your luck.
World Conker Championship Rules
Conkers are provided for each game and cannot be tampered with or re-used
There must be at least 20cm (8in) of lace between knuckle and nut
Each player takes three alternate strikes at their opponent’s conker, with a game decided once one of the conkers is smashed
If a game lasts for more than five minutes it is halted and each player will be allowed a further nine strikes
If neither conker is smashed then the winner will be the player who hit the nut the most times during this period
Campaign for Real Conkers: guidelines
1 choose your conker. It’s up to you. Select several from a nearby conker tree
2 check your conker for game readiness. If it can be squeezed between finger and thumb so it indents, discard it. It will crack and split on contact with another conker
3 Look for a conker with particularly hard or sharp edges
4 Once selected you can leave your conker as organic or you may bake it or soak it in vinegar. It’s entirely up to you. There is no such thing as ‘cheating’ in conkers.
5 thread your conker with twine by making a hole in it. Use a hammer or skewer and nail to do this. If the conker cracks, discard it
6 You are ready to play
7 Swing your conker towards your opponent’s conker with the aim of hitting it. You can do this under or over arm.
8 Take alternate goes between yourself and your opponent
9 Wearing gloves to protect the hands is frowned upon
10 The winner is the person whose conker remains most intact when both players decide to conclude the game