British Pub's Annual Snail Race Canceled Due to Sluggishness

No sense in racing if you’ll be moving at a snail’s pace.

By Ethan L. Johns
February 26, 2018

Image: Laures/Getty Images

Hold on to those pints, because these snails aren’t going anywhere.

An English pub was forced to postpone its first annual charity snail race this weekend after the snail-athletes were found too sleepy to race.

The Dartmoor Union Inn in Holbeton had planned to host the first International Snail Grand National on Saturday at 7 p.m., but when the manager called the local pet shop to arrange the pick-up, the shop told her that the cold weather would make the snails unable to race, according to the BBC.

The cancellation was announced on the pub’s Facebook, and read, “The cold snap has led to a medical problem with our racing snails—it’s called hibernation!!”

The cold weather that the UK is currently experiencing originated in Siberia, and has blown down in what has been dubbed “the Beast from the East.”

The pub had invited customers to bring their own snails for competition, but unfortunately those spunky little competitors will have to wait for the warm weather. When the International Snail Grand National is eventually held, the proceeds from the competition will go to the Devon Air Ambulance as originally intended.

Until then, we wish the snails an excellent hibernation. Which also makes us remember… Cold weather is the best weather for a hot plate of snails cooked in butter with parsley and garlic.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns