Scott McCullum tucks in to win the Pancake Manor pancake-eating competition.
Scott McCullum tucks in to win the Pancake Manor pancake-eating competition. Sarah Harvey

Scott sure can scoff pancakes

SHROVE Tuesday traditionally marks the feast before the fast – a final opportunity for Christians to eat themselves into a tired nausea before the beginning of the season of Lent.

Needless to say there were plenty of bloated bellies following yesterday's annual pancake-eating competition at The Pancake Manor.

The Ipswich business marked Shrove Tuesday with a series of pikelet-related challenges to raise money for the flood appeal.

A plate of three oversized pancakes – topped with a generous dollop of cream and a smear of syrup – was placed in front of each of the 14 contenders before the contest got under way.

Despite no time limit, the contest was over in just a few minutes – with most of the field dropping out after their first plateful.

That left the three main contenders – father and son duo David and Scott McCullum and teen sensation Paige Preston – to fight it out.

With only a petite frame, Paige surprised all by finishing her first plateful before anyone else.

But she faltered on her second serving, looking like she was about to explode after her fifth pancake.

By this point the McCullum boys were still smashing them down, and it became a father versus son battle for first place.

In the end it was the younger Scott – with his bigger frame and keener appetite – who came out on top, downing three plates full, or the equivalent of at least 1500 calories.

“I didn't eat all day leading up to it, so I thought I'd be able to eat a fair bit,” the victor said.

“Now I feel nice and full.”

The Pancake Manor yesterday handed over $520 to Mayor Paul Pisasale for the Ipswich Flood Appeal.



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