Atrium Club crowned champions whilst Whizzle slip to third during 2016 Ely Eel Throwing Competition

Eel throwing contest - Market Place - trophy up for grabs sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Winn

Eel throwing contest - Market Place - trophy up for grabs sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Winner with 15.80 metres was Naomi Mccombie from Atrium fitness, Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Ely Market Place succumbed to an eel invasion today when the third annual eel throwing competition for people who work in the city took place... and a new champion was crowned!

The Atrium Club defeated nine other teams of four with a record-breaking throw of 15 metres 20, putting an end to Whizzle’s domination of the sport over the last two years.

Atrium was awarded the winning trophy, which was donated by the Ely Chamber of Commerce and presented by Mayor of Ely Lis Every, who said the day was “great fun” although very windy.

“It really is a bit of fun to see all the businesses competing with each other in such a different way,” she added.

This year’s runners up were Wood Green with a throw of 14.8 metres while Sutton-based Whizzle’s slipped to third at 14.7 metres.

Ever since the competition was introduced as part of the annual Ely Eel Day celebrations, that take place over May bank holiday weekend, Whizzle’s have prevailed.

Tracey Harding, tourism and town centres manager for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It went really well and we’re very pleased.

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“The weather held for us and we had a good bit of fun like we always do.”

Among the ten local businesses who took part in this year’s eel throwing competition were Museums of Ely, Waitrose, Cutlacks, Select Restaurant and Microm.

Another eel throwing competition will be held this weekend for members of the public as part of Ely Eel Festival 2016.

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