Pooh Sticks Championships cancelled due to weather

Organisers of the World Pooh Sticks World Championships have been cancelled in Oxfordshire following weeks of heavy rain in the county.

The event, which was due to take place on Sunday, is based on the game Pooh Sticks in which each player throws a stick over the upstream side of a bridge into a stream or river, the winner being the person whose stick emerges first from under the bridge and has been running for 30 years.

Emma Wright takes part in the Pooh Sticks World Championships in Oxfordshire in 2009. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The game has grown in popularity after it appeared in A.A.Milne's children's books featuring Winnie the Pooh.

A statement on the event's website reads: "We are very sorry to announce that we have to cancel this Sunday's World Pooh Sticks Championships.

"If we had just had a little rain on the day then we would have still played and we would have splashed around in wellington boots and dropped our coloured sticks over the bridges.

"However we've had so much rain over the last few weeks that the river is still too high and fast to have our safety boats on the river and there's no sign of the rain stopping this weekend."