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Stumpy: I was thrilled to win mascot race for Somerset

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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Somerset's mascot Stumpy broke new ground last weekend when he won the Nat West T20 Blast Mascot race at Final's Day at Edgbaston.

Stumpy didn't just win the race – he stormed it and what a turn up for the books the Somerset mascot was.

In previous seasons it has been the Somerset cricketers who have stolen the headlines on Twenty20 Final's Day, overshadowing Stumpy's modest performances.

However this year the roles were reversed and Stumpy's fantastic achievement made up in some way for the disappointment of not having Somerset represented on the field of play.

Stumpy's success this year comes as no surprise to those close to him because he has been following a strict training and dietary regime, that has been drawn up and scrutinised by Darren Veness, the Somerset strength and conditioning coach.

Early on Saturday morning, before leaving the County Ground, Stumpy the athlete put in a gym and lap session which Veness would have been proud of.

There were a few hiccups en route – including a band of Gloucestershire supporters at the motorway services who may have been less than complimentary, Stumpy was unperturbed and even more hungry for success – especially as he hadn't eaten for a few hours!

On arriving at Edgbaston, Stumpy sized up his fellow mascots and collected a new pair of shoes for the occasion – well all that training had worn his out!

At 2.08 in the afternoon, history was made when Stumpy got off to a flying start, taking the lead instantly against a tough field including previous winners, Sid the Shark, Carmen the Bear and Lanky the Giraffe.

Somerset supporters would have had their hearts in their mouths at one point when Leicestershire's wily old fox caught up our Stumps, but a sprint finish saw the Wyvern home and as he fell to the floor, the enormity of all he had achieved finally hit home.

Talking after the race, Stumpy said: "It was a great day at Edgbaston, and I knew I was up against some top athletes.

"This year was definitely time for a change so I put in the hard yards, exercised and maintained a good diet to be in peak position to win this race.

"It was never going to be easy and I thought I was done for when the rope around the ball caught in my tongue and ear. I pulled through though and saw off the Fox to reach the finish line first.

"It was all for the love of my county and I am thrilled to be taking some silverware back to my beloved County Ground where I can show it off to you all soon."

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