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John Shuttleworth Cup 2018 Longest Runner Bean

Shuttleworth Cup 2018 Winner Announced


It was a lovely day on Sunday the 9th of September and Binswood Allotment plot holders enjoyed tea and cake outside the Community Hut where the entries to win the 2018 Shuttleworth Cup were on full display.


A row of runner beans – long and longer! – decorated the table, ready for judging.

The entries for longest runner bean

Each was measured carefully and its length noted, but there really wasn’t any doubt as one bean stretched far beyond the rest. The proud winner, with a mammoth pod measuring 42 centimeters (almost 10 cms longer than the next entry) is Daniel Stone. The youngest Shuttleworth Cup winner to date, he is a student in Year 7 at North Leamington School as well as a cultivator of giant beans, along with his mother, Jo.


Daniel points to his winning bean.

Congratulations Daniel!


Binswood Allotment’s annual competition is open to all plot holders. Each year there is a different challenge. Next year’s will be announced in the spring at our AGM, when Daniel will receive the Shuttleworth Cup, currently held by last year’s joint winners (for best plot sign) – Nick & Sonya Bond and Karen Stephenson.


Nick and Karen shared the Cup in 2017