Chef Ben is a record breaker

Record breaker ... Waggon and Horses head chef beat the world record for rear-wheel bicycle hops at the pub's talent competition.
Record breaker ... Waggon and Horses head chef beat the world record for rear-wheel bicycle hops at the pub's talent competition.

A RECORD-BREAKING chef was hopping with delight after a talent competition.

Ben Hoyle, head chef at The Waggon and Horses, in Acton Square, Sudbury, managed 75 rear-wheel bicycle hops – beating the previous world record by four.

The 26-year-old said: “When I got passed the 60 mark, I knew that I could get to 71. When I got there, I did a few more to make sure, and I was really pleased.

“As I was doing it, I was counting, the landlord was counting out loud next to me and some people were filming it.”

He now faces an anxious wait to see if the feat will be verified by the Guinness World Records.

“We have got to wait a few weeks, but hopefully when that happens it will be an official world record,” he said.

“I’m not sure if it will go in the book of world records, as they receive about 65,000 new records each year, but if it is recognised then it would go on the website.”

Landlord Sam Butler said the competition was a great success.

“We had loads of people down and about six or seven entered the competition,” he said. “It was good.”

The overall winner was Ellie Spillet, from Sudbury, who sang Christina Perry’s Jar of Hearts and donated her prize money to the Eden-Rose Coppice.

Singer and guitarist Jake Scroggs-Parris came second, while Mr Hoyle finished third. The event raised around £70 for the coppice, which offers natural respite care for cancer patients.