5 September 15 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. They came, they swallowed but as always they failed to conquer. Today saw the World Oyster Eating Championship as part of the 23rd Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This years event included a special challenge from a diminutive professional eater, Michelle Lesco, who flew all the way from Arizona to take on Oyster King Colin Shirlow and together guzzle hundreds of oysters. However as always, local champ Colin Shirlow ran away with the contest. Taking part in his 11th year, the Dromore man managed to put away a ÔshuckingÕ 235 oysters in just three minutes - breaking his own World Record of eating 233 oysters in 3 minutes, which he set in 2005. Colin was jubilant when he collected his crown saying, ÒIt's astonishing that I've won the championship yet again and I am delighted to have beaten my record! He went on, ÒEven if I didn't win I would still take part in the contest. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a fantastic event. It's so much fun and shows some of the best hospitality that Hillsborough has to offer.Ó It's hardly surprising the former boxer managed to beat the other contenders to the title Ð he's done exactly the same thing every single one of the 11 years he's taken part in the competition and this win was on the 10th anniversary of his World Record, which until now he had only managed to equal in 2013. As ever Colin puts his unusual technique down to the training he received during his boxing days. ÒIt's about speed and rhythm,Ó he explained. ÒYou can't get either until you focus but once you find the right rhythm then you just keep going.Ó Others in the world of professional eating agree and many study Colin's techniques from YouTube videos of the champ including the defeated Michelle Lesco. ÒOf course I wanted to win,Ó admitted the 31 year-old teacher from Tucson. ÒBut this game is also about the taking part. Watching Colin go is like watching a machine!,Ó she said. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival concludes this Sunday, September 6th with the Supercar Sunday Event where supercar fanatics can take their dream ride for a spin or even go on an excursion. For more information to go www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. Ends. For further information please contact Julie McCabe (07801 989950), Brittany Breslin or Jessica Fok at Massive PR on 028 9024 0250 or email Julie@massivepr.tv / Brittany@massivepr.tv / Jessica@massivepr.tv.

5 September 15 -   Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. They came, they swallowed but as always they failed to conquer. Today saw the World Oyster Eating Championship as part of the 23rd Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This years event included a special challenge from a diminutive professional eater, Michelle Lesco, who flew all the way from Arizona  to take on Oyster King Colin Shirlow and together guzzle hundreds of oysters.  However as always, local champ Colin Shirlow ran away with the contest. Taking part in his 11th year, the Dromore man managed to put away a ÔshuckingÕ  235 oysters in just three minutes - breaking his own World Record of eating 233 oysters in 3 minutes, which he set in 2005. Colin was jubilant when he collected his crown saying, ÒIt's astonishing that I've won the championship yet again and I am delighted to have beaten my record! He went on, ÒEven if I didn't win I would still take part in the contest. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a fantastic event. It's so much fun and shows some of the best hospitality that Hillsborough has to offer.Ó It's hardly surprising the former boxer managed to beat the other contenders to the title Ð he's done exactly the same thing every single one of the 11 years he's taken part in the competition and this win was on the 10th anniversary of his World Record, which until now he had only managed to equal in 2013. As ever Colin puts his unusual technique down to the training he received during his boxing days. ÒIt's about speed and rhythm,Ó he explained. ÒYou can't get either until you focus but once you find the right rhythm then you just keep going.Ó Others in the world of professional eating agree and many study Colin's techniques from YouTube videos of the champ including the defeated Michelle Lesco. ÒOf course I wanted to win,Ó admitted the 31 year-old teacher from Tucson. ÒBut this game is also about the taking part. Watching Colin go is like watching a machine!,Ó she said. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival concludes this Sunday, September 6th with the Supercar Sunday Event where supercar fanatics can take their dream ride for a spin or even go on an excursion. For more information to go www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. Ends. For further information please contact Julie McCabe (07801 989950), Brittany Breslin or Jessica Fok at Massive PR on 028 9024 0250 or email Julie@massivepr.tv / Brittany@massivepr.tv / Jessica@massivepr.tv.

They came, they swallowed but as always they failed to conquer.

Today saw the World Oyster Eating Championship as part of the 23rd Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This year’s event included a special challenge from a diminutive professional eater, Michelle Lesco, who flew all the way from Arizona  to take on Oyster King Colin Shirlow and together guzzle hundreds of oysters.

However as always, local champ Colin Shirlow ran away with the contest. Taking part in his 11th year, the Dromore man managed to put away a ‘shucking’  235 oysters in just three minutes – breaking his own World Record of eating 233 oysters in 3 minutes, which he set in 2005.

Colin was jubilant when he collected his crown saying, “It’s astonishing that I’ve won the championship yet again and I am delighted to have beaten my record!

He went on, “Even if I didn’t win I would still take part in the contest. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a fantastic event. It’s so much fun and shows some of the best hospitality that Hillsborough has to offer.”

5 September 15 -   Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Pictured celebrating with the still undefeated World Oyster Eating Championship Colin Shirlow (centre) are compere George Shea (left) who flew in from New York for the competition and motor racing legend Guy Martin who was a guest judge at the TrustFord Soapbox Derby. Both of these superb events took place at the 23rd annual Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. Colin Tops The Table Again: They came, they swallowed but as always they failed to conquer. Today saw the World Oyster Eating Championship as part of the 23rd Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This years event included a special challenge from a diminutive professional eater, Michelle Lesco, who flew all the way from Arizona  to take on Oyster King Colin Shirlow and together guzzle hundreds of oysters.  However as always, local champ Colin Shirlow ran away with the contest. Taking part in his 11th year, the Dromore man managed to put away a ÔshuckingÕ  235 oysters in just three minutes - breaking his own World Record of eating 233 oysters in 3 minutes, which he set in 2005. Colin was jubilant when he collected his crown saying, ÒIt's astonishing that I've won the championship yet again and I am delighted to have beaten my record! He went on, ÒEven if I didn't win I would still take part in the contest. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a fantastic event. It's so much fun and shows some of the best hospitality that Hillsborough has to offer.Ó It's hardly surprising the former boxer managed to beat the other contenders to the title Ð he's done exactly the same thing every single one of the 11 years he's taken part in the competition and this win was on the 10th anniversary of his World Record, which until now he had only managed to equal in 2013. As ever Colin puts his unusual technique down to the training he received during his boxing days. ÒIt's about speed and rhythm,Ó he explained. ÒYou can't get either until you focus but once you find the right rhythm then you just keep going.Ó Others in the world of professional eating agree and many study Colin's techniques from YouTube videos of the champ including the defeated Michelle Lesco. ÒOf course I wanted to win,Ó admitted the 31 year-old teacher from Tucson. ÒBut this game is also about the taking part. Watching Colin go is like watching a machine!,Ó she said. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival concludes this Sunday, September 6th with the Supercar Sunday Event where supercar fanatics can take their dream ride for a spin or even go on an excursion. For more information to go www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. Ends. For further information please contact Julie McCabe (07801 989950), Brittany Breslin or Jessica Fok at Massive PR on 028 9024 0250 or email Julie@massivepr.tv / Brittany@massivepr.tv / Jessica@massivepr.tv.

It’s hardly surprising the former boxer managed to beat the other contenders to the title – he’s done exactly the same thing every single one of the 11 years he’s taken part in the competition and this win was on the 10th anniversary of his World Record, which until now he had only managed to equal in 2013.

As ever Colin puts his unusual technique down to the training he received during his boxing days. “It’s about speed and rhythm,” he explained.

“You can’t get either until you focus but once you find the right rhythm then you just keep going.”

Others in the world of professional eating agree and many study Colin’s techniques from YouTube videos of the champ including the defeated Michelle Lesco.

“Of course I wanted to win,” admitted the 31 year-old teacher from Tucson. “But this game is also about the taking part. Watching Colin go is like watching a machine!,” she said.

The Hillsborough Oyster Festival concludes this Sunday, September 6th with the Supercar Sunday Event where supercar fanatics can take their dream ride for a spin or even go on an excursion.

For more information to go www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com.

5 September 15 -   Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Colin Tops The Table Again They came, they swallowed but as always they failed to conquer. Today saw the World Oyster Eating Championship as part of the 23rd Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This years event included a special challenge from a diminutive professional eater, Michelle Lesco, who flew all the way from Arizona  to take on Oyster King Colin Shirlow and together guzzle hundreds of oysters.  However as always, local champ Colin Shirlow ran away with the contest. Taking part in his 11th year, the Dromore man managed to put away a ‘shucking’  235 oysters in just three minutes - breaking his own World Record of eating 233 oysters in 3 minutes, which he set in 2005. Colin was jubilant when he collected his crown saying, “It's astonishing that I've won the championship yet again and I am delighted to have beaten my record! He went on, “Even if I didn't win I would still take part in the contest. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a fantastic event. It's so much fun and shows some of the best hospitality that Hillsborough has to offer.” It's hardly surprising the former boxer managed to beat the other contenders to the title – he's done exactly the same thing every single one of the 11 years he's taken part in the competition and this win was on the 10th anniversary of his World Record, which until now he had only managed to equal in 2013. As ever Colin puts his unusual technique down to the training he received during his boxing days. “It's about speed and rhythm,” he explained. “You can't get either until you focus but once you find the right rhythm then you just keep going.” Others in the world of professional eating agree and many study Colin's techniques from YouTube videos of the champ including the defeated Michelle Lesco. “Of course I wanted to win,” admitted the 31 year-old teacher from Tucson. “But this game is also about the taking part. Watching

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