Lee is on a haggis high after world win

Lee Goodfellow of Earlston has beaten off competition once again to lift the Willie Robertson Memorial Cup for the third year in a row to become world champion haggis eater at the Birnam Highland Games in Perthshire. Pictured here in Donaldson's the butchers in Earlston.
Lee Goodfellow of Earlston has beaten off competition once again to lift the Willie Robertson Memorial Cup for the third year in a row to become world champion haggis eater at the Birnam Highland Games in Perthshire. Pictured here in Donaldson's the butchers in Earlston.
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An Earlston runner is on a high after sprinting away with his third world haggis-eating championship title in a row.

Hungry Lee Goodfellow munched his way through a 1lb pudding in less than 90 seconds at the event held every year at Birnam Games, Perthshire.

And while not as quick as his 77 second time of last year, it was still enough to win the title again.

It looked as if Lee’s world crown had slipped from his grasped when Pete Hart claimed victory, but judges discovered meat from his haggis lying on the floor.

He was disqualified, allowing Lee to bag the glass trophy and a bottle of whisky.

And the 21-year-old student, who carried the Olympic torch last year, somehow managed to finish third in his relay team minutes after his haggis success.

He told The Southern: “I have been travelling around the Highland games circuit for a number of years and go to Birnam every year.

“You have to be 18 years old to enter the contest, so I waited a few years and thought, ‘I fancy a go at that’.

“I finished third the first time but have managed to claim three in a row since.

“I ran the 100 and 200 metres before the contest and then the relay afterwards, but I managed to avoid being ill.

“I had a fairly good year on the Highland games running circuit with a few placings.”

The key to Lee’s success, like any good athlete, is to avoid alcohol.

He added: “I just try to eat as much as I can quickly, but I also avoid the beer that is provided by sponsors. If you drink the beer, it leaves you gassy and fills you up.”

“I am not aware of any other world haggis-eating championships held anywhere else, so I think that makes me the undisputed champion,” added Lee, whose brother Ryan is a goalkeeper with Dunfermline Athletic.

Away from his haggis success, Lee is preparing for his final year of university at Glasgow Caledonian where he is studying sport and active lifestyles promotion, having spent the summer working as a window cleaner.

He told us: “Our tutor helped get Glasgow the Commonwealth Games so he has been pushing us to get involved with it.”