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  Sunday, 29 September, 2002, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Chaddy wins Mascot National
Fourth Mascot Grand National, Huntingdon, Cambridge

West Brom's Baggie Bird and Norwich City's Captain Canary pose before the race
Some mascots have gained unsavoury reputations in the past, but the mood was jovial during the warm-up

Last year's runner-up Chaddy the Owl and the menacing figure of Cyril the Swan before the race
The notorious Cyril the Swan (right), who has been arrested on several occasions, was on best behaviour

The 'athletes' begin their quest for glory in the Mascot Grand National
The Grand National, featuring 90 competitors, is one of the most surreal moments in the sporting calendar

Oldham Athletic's Chaddy the Owl begins to establish a lead over the other mascots
Some furry figures spend weeks getting themselves in peak condition for the fiercely-contested showpiece

Oldham Athletic's Chaddy the Owl surges to victory in the race
Oldham's Chaddy the Owl leaves his beleaguered rivals trailing with a dynamic display of pace and power

Chaddy the Owl, aka Kevin Williams, celebrates a sweet victory in the Mascot Grand National
A victorious Chaddy slips out of costume to reveal his true identity: 28-year-old male model Kevin Williams

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