SLIDESHOW: The pie’s the limit for belly-busting diners at a Doncaster town centre takeway

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The Yorkshire Pie House gave hungry eaters the chance to test themselves against the ultimate scoffing challenge - a mammoth meat and potato pie weighing up to 2.7kg.

Scores of brave hopefuls signed up for the Man v Pie contest at the Silver Street eatery - but so far no-one has managed to wolf down a full plateful of the colossal culinary treat within the one hour alloted timescale.

(l-r) Free Press reporter Darren Burke, Chris Baker, of Town Centre, and Paul Roidl, of Balby, at the Man v Pie challenge at The Yorkshire Pie House. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Free Press reporter Darren Burke, Chris Baker, of Town Centre, and Paul Roidl, of Balby, at the Man v Pie challenge at The Yorkshire Pie House. Picture: Andrew Roe

The fun challenge is the brainchild of owner Andy Milner, who was inspired by the Man v Food television programme where presenter Adam Richman tackles gargantuan dishes across the globe.

He said: “Lots of people think its easy. They get off to a good start and then they hit the wall. By the end, they are sweating and looking decidely ill. No-one has managed to finish yet.”

The pies, cooked fresh to order are loaded with hunks of meat and potato and topped with a thick golden crust and are about the same shape and size as an old style phone book.

Recently, more than a dozen diners took on the challenge - this reporter included - with sick buckets at the ready and once more, all fell by the wayside, although challengers will have to go some to beat current leader Paul Roidl, who gulped down a gut-busting 2,378g of pie in just sixty minutes.

Added Andy: “There are no rules. People come in with all sorts of tactics and ideas but it has beaten everyone, me included, so far.

“People can take home what they’ve got left, but most people don’t seem to want to look at a pie after they’ve taken on the challenge.”

And for the record, yours truly managed to scoff down 1,677g of a 2.4kg pie - earning a healthy (or unhealthy place) at number five on the leadeboard, which is on display in the shop - without any ill effects.

Said Andy: “You have done pretty well. There are definitely ways to do better, but I am not letting on what they are.”

* Anyone can sign up for the challenge, but must give at least 24 hours notice. Contact the Yorkshire Pie House on (01302) 364507 for details.