Photos: Villages battle it out for the Hallaton Bottle Kicking game

All pictures by Andrew Carpenter
All pictures by Andrew Carpenter

This is ridiculous. I'm a middle-aged man in glasses crawling through a hawthorn hedge with barbed wire both sides, in a very muddy field near Hallaton.

I'm trying to keep up with an epic, rampaging Hallaton Bottle Kicking game which had everything - the longest end anyone could remember, the shortest one ever and a woman getting stuck in with an umbrella.