A strong-stomached foodie has brought a brand new World Record all the way from New York to Saltburn.
Cheered on by scores of enthusiastic shoppers, fitness instructor Kevin Hayes, 44, smashed the Guinness World Record for eating three pickled eggs in the fastest time at Saltburn Farmers’ Market yesterday (Sat 8 Sept).
Kevin’s time of 52.60 seconds sliced almost six seconds off the previous world record of 58.16 seconds, set by American Ashrita Furman at the Panorama Café in New York on 12 July 2010.
Kevin, from Garnet Street, was the tenth and final foodie to step up to the plate, after nine plucky contestants had found the going tough – with apprentice electrical engineer Jack Wilson, 17, from Brotton coming closest, just four seconds away from smashing the old New York record.
Kevin’s feat was made even more impressive after he literally decided on the spur of the moment to take part.
Speaking just after smashing the record, Kevin said: “I’d heard about this and was at the Market anyway, so I thought I’d give it a crack. I love my food and knew I could do it, so it feels absolutely amazing to break the record.”
The world record attempt was the brainchild of Farmers’ Market stallholder David Laing, with eggs provided from his 170 free-range woodland chickens and rescued former battery hens at Grewgrass Lodge in nearby Marske-by-Sea.
David said, "We never eggspected anything like this. It’s been a cracking day from start to finish, and we’re thrilled to have poached the world record all the way from New York and brought it right here to Saltburn.”
Farmers’ Market organiser Lorna Jackson said: “We’ve had some amazing days at Saltburn Farmers’ Market, but this just tops the lot!
It was a tough record to break, but I knew we could bring it to Saltburn. We’ve had another really busy day, with shoppers cheering everyone taking part.
Hats off to each and every one of the Top Ten who had a go – and huge congratulations to Kevin.”
The record attempt was carried out with full approval from Guinness World Records. Full documentary evidence is now being prepared and will be forwarded to Guinness World Records during w/c 10 September, with full verification of the new World Record expected within the next six weeks.
Saltburn Farmers’ Market’s are second Saturday of the month on October 13, November 10 and December 8. Over 25 stalls include the Market’s popular mix of fresh seasonal locally produced fruit & veg, meat & game, cheese & wine, free-range eggs, plants & herbs, cakes & fudge, pottery, wool and artworks. Just outside Sainsbury’s, near Saltburn Railway Station. Starts 9am.
Official timekeepers on the day were Phil Barker from Morpeth Harriers and Sid Rudd from Billingham Marsh House Harriers. Solicitors Giles Ward and Julian Gaskin were the independent witnesses; retired Chief Inspector Terry Stonehouse was the official log book writer, and professional photographer Colin Hurworth was on hand to provide more expert testimony.