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Reporter narrowly fails to eat city’s biggest breakfast

A regional daily reporter has narrowly failed in a bid to polish off what is billed as the biggest breakfast on his patch.

Harry Bullmore, of Brighton daily The Argus, took on the ‘Truckload Challenge’ after being ‘volunteered’ for the job by his news editor.

The challenge was created by Wheelies Cafe Diner in Portslade, near Brighton, and consists of two fried eggs, three bacon rashers, three sausages, baked beans, two tomatoes, a slice of fried bread, chips, two hash browns, two slices of black pudding, a buttered slice of bread and another of toast – all to be eaten within the space 10 minutes.

Harry, pictured below, recounted his attempt to polish off the plateful in a first-person piece for the paper.

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Wrote Harry: “True to their name, the meal wheeled out by the Wheelies chefs was the real deal. A massive plate of terror piled high with breakfast delights.

“After a couple of cursory pictures, in which my biceps burned under the devastating weight of the plate, a stopwatch was clicked and I dug in.

“The breakfast tasted amazing. I tackled the vegetables first before layering up the toast, bacon, beans and eggs in an attempt to be time efficient.

“After five minutes I was pretty chuffed with my progress, having made a decent dent in the meal. I overheard one spectator mutter to another that “he might actually do it you know”.

“But a couple of minutes later I made the inevitable transition from chuffed… to stuffed.

“I had hit a wall formed entirely of carbs. The hash browns, chips and final slice of bread I had left until last seemed to tower over me, casting me into their satiated shadow.

“I continued to line the chips up on the fork, three at a time, loading them into my mouth, but the clock continued to tick down.

“It hit zero. Two hash browns, a couple of stray chips and some buttered bread still sat on the plate in front of me. I had failed.”

However Harry fared better than his editor, Arron Hendy, who ended up in A&E in 2014 after attempting a similar challenge – eating Brighton’s hottest burger.

Arron, who was assistant news editor at the time, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital along with reporter Ruari Barratt after taking a single bite of the snack from Burger Off, in Hove.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Yes journalism is about a healthy mix of hard and soft news. But is this a story worth boasting about on this website?

    He didn’t even finish the breakfast.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Reporter fails to eat fried breakfast. Really? A story?
    They’ve fallen for the oldest ‘free advert’ trick in the book.
    Perhaps their time would be better spent covering proper news stories or fundraising campaigns.
    If they’re not sure what to do, just look at some of the tremendous work done by other newspapers on HTFP.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    I can’t believe any local paper and easily impressed juniors are still falling for this tired old trick used by greasy spoons to get free advertising.
    If they want to promote these ‘heart attack on a plate’ gimmicks then the reps should get them to run an ad campaign or paid for promotion, at least then they’d be doing something useful for the publisher when every pound brought in counts.
    It’s not news, it’s not even original and the lad didn’t even complete the task.
    Is it any wonder so few papers are being sold these days if this is the state of the content being used to fill the space.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Or “How Gluttony Got The Better of Me.”
    (While hundreds need foodbanks)
    What’s known in the trade as a free plug. Well done the Diner!
    Bit of a laugh? Or serious lack of news judgement on a silent news day?
    You decide!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    You have to admire the caff in question for suckering the Argus into giving them free advertising on the back of this tired old unfunny stunt.
    They give a gullible journo a free breakfast and get far more publicity than the cost of the fry up ingredients in return.

    A bit of fun?
    Not really
    With homeless particularly high in the Brighton area the local paper would be better off highlighting the issues and offering help rather than rubbing salt into the wounds by promoting greed.

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