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Trowbridge Rugby Players Conquered Our Charity Burger-eating Challenge with Burger Theory!


On Sunday (13) May, six Trowbridge Rugby Players from the league-topping club accepted a Man V. Food challenge set by club sponsors Walter Rose & Son butchers (Devizes). The sun beamed down on the perfectly manicured rugby pitches as nearly 200 club members attended the fifth annual family fun day held at the club.

Legendary festival burger aficionados, Burger Theory set up a huge burger stall at the event and kindly offered to supply the food for the Man V. Food challenge. Walter Rose & Son are proud to supply the high-end burger brand with Wiltshire beef burgers for all of their year-round festival activity as well as their restaurants in Bristol and Cardiff. It was great to have Burger Theory at the fun day serving up delicious burgers to an audience of hungry punters. There were many other stands and attractions at the fun day including Active Trowbridge inflatables, local charities and the stunning Wadworths shire horses.

Jack Cook, Director at Walter Rose & Son said

We couldn’t have hoped for better weather today, as proud sponsors of Trowbridge Rugby Football club, it is great to be here to support the club as well as local children’s hospice Julia’s House. We have been raising money both in the Devizes shop and here today for their ‘sponsor a nurse’ campaign which is designed to help pay for the nurses caring for sick and life limited children – a very worthy cause – Its great to help raise the profile of the charity at a family event like this.”


 (l-r: Jack Cook (Director, Walter Rose), James Bolton (Contest Winner), Charlie Cook (Director, Walter Rose), Jan Burns (Julia's House), Oli Thorogood  (Burger Theory)

The six speed-eating contestants donned Julia’s House T-Shirts and took their places on the patio and were each served two huge Burger Theory burgers, two large fries and ten mega hot chicken wings. A huge crowd formed around them and the pressure was on. The charity power eaters each adopted varying techniques and strategies to out-eat their companions and knew that there was a huge amount of pride at steak should they lose!

To raise the stakes, a friendly competition was held to guess who the winner would be to win some beautiful Stokes Marsh Farm rump steaks for collection in Walter Rose & Son’s Devizes shop. The competition cost £5 to enter and with most families putting their money on their favourite player, this raised well over £100 for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.

James Bolton (the underdog) beat his five club peers to reign victorious, demolishing the huge platter of food in under fifteen minutes. His wife, Dawn Bolton put her money on him (his one nomination) and in doing so, bagged herself a couple of prime rump steaks from Walter Rose- James received a £30 bar tab as a prize! After James had digested the food challenge, he was said to have found it all rather amusing.

James said

“Its great news that this Walter Rose & Son Man V. Food contest will become an annual charity fundraising event here at the club – It would be great to see some ladies enter next year to give me a run for my money! I have a whole year to train and will be there to defend my title next year. “

Photography: Stuart Ralls Photography