West Wittering Beach Sandcastle Competition 2013

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TEAMS from across the country battled it out to be crowned king of the castle at the RIBA sandcastle challenge 2013, held at West Wittering beach on Saturday (August 17).

Participants braved the elements to try their hand at building a sandy infrastructure for one of the four categories.

Nick Thomas, vice chairman of the Chichester District Council, judges the sandcastles. ''Picture by Louise Adams C131148-5

Nick Thomas, vice chairman of the Chichester District Council, judges the sandcastles. ''Picture by Louise Adams C131148-5

These included tallest sand structure, most technically daring, Life’s a beach, and the RIBA Sussex prize.

The competition is sponsored by Capita Symonds and by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, who aim to promote architecture through the event.

Prizes were donated by The Lamb Inn, Tessiers Butchers, the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, X-Train, and the RIBA Sussex Branch.

Nick Thomas, vice-chairman of Chichester District Council, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to judge some of the fun and wacky entries. He said: “The day was tremendous fun. It was quite a windy morning through we managed to just avoid the rain.

“The standard from the 30 entrants was excellent. A lot of people were spending their holidays in West Wittering – one family had come from Northampton and their party was delighted to have the chance to enter this event.

“Parents really got involved in the building process. It was a hugely enjoyable morning and a thoroughly worthwhile occasion.

“I had to judge the tallest sandcastle, of which there were two entries. Both were splendid and it was a close call – we had to get out a tape measure to find the correct winner.

“It was a very well organised event and was clearly much appreciated by children.”

Thomas Greenrod was victorious in the tallest sandcastle category, for ‘Barbara’s castle’, which he dedicated to his grandmother Barbara.

Though the summer heatwave seen in July appeared to have taken a break, entrants were lucky on the day – the rain arrived just after they had been awarded their prizes.

The full list of winners on the day:

Life’s a beach

Winner – Plot 17 – Jeremy & Edward (crab)

Runner up - Plot 30 – Bolton/Garry Family (castle)

Judged by: Simon Bassett of X-Train

Winning Prize: Surf lessons from X-Train

Runner Up Prize: A marinade selection from Tessiers Butchers

Most Technically Daring

Winner – Plot 14 – Team fish (fish)

Runner up – Plot 7 – The Senior Service (boat)

Judged by: Katie Hopkins of Lazy Dayz

Winner Prize: Lazy Dayz goody bag

Runner Up Prize: RIBA cupcakes

Tallest Structure

Winner – Plot 8 – The Sandpipers

Runner up – Plot 13 – The sand constructors

Judged by: Councillor Nick Thomas

Winner prize: 2 course meal at the Lambs Inn

Runner Up Prize: RIBA cupcakes

RIBA Prize

Winner – Plot 23 – Paula (Aztec pyramid)

Runner up – Plot 11 – Capita Symonds (houses)

Judged by: James Robinson, Director of RIBA South/South East

Winner prize: Chichester Harbour Conservancy water tour

Runner Up Prize: RIBA Cupcakes