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Couple win toe wrestling crowns
Toe wrestling
The event is now in its 12th year
A husband and wife kept it in the family by winning the men's and women's titles at a bizarre sports event.

Tyre recycler Paul Beech, 34, won his third title by scooping the World Toe Wrestling Championship at the Bentley Brook Inn, Ashbourne, Derbys.

He was joined by his wife Heather, 37, who defeated her sister Alison Redfearn in the women's final on Saturday.

The couple, from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffs, were taking part in the 12th world championships since it began.

The sport of toe wrestling sees opponents try to force each others feet down in a best-of-three "toe-down", in a similar format to arm wrestling.

Olympic failure

Mr Beech, known as "The Toeminator", said: "This was one of the toughest competitions yet but this year I've been doing extra training and its totally paid off."

Mrs Beech, nicknamed "Mrs Toeminator", said she was helped towards her title by copying some of her husband's tactics.

All proceeds from the event go to the Derbyshire charity When You Wish Upon A Star.

It grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

The event was invented in the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn, Wetton, Staffordshire, by a group of walkers in the 1970s.

They tried to devise a game in which Britain could be successful.

Members of the World Toe-Wrestling Organisation (WTWO) have previously applied for Olympic status. They failed.

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