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Cruellest cut for Llanharry gardener's monster marrow
Phillip Vowles and son Andrew with the huge marrow
Phillip Vowles and son Andrew get to grips with their huge marrow

A gardener from south Wales has produced a monster marrow, which is anything but a light salad dish.

Phillip Vowles from Llanharry near Llantrisant was growing the vegetable for BBC Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble as part of a challenge on the station.

Phillip, who has been growing giant vegetables for more than 25 years, was forced to cut the huge marrow as it was starting to split.

It weighed in at 51kg (112lb). The world record is 93.7kg (206.5 lb)

The enforced split meant the marrow could not grow any bigger.

"I've got more still growing so I'm not beaten yet," he said.

Phillip, who has been growing giant vegetables for more than 25 years, is aiming to break the record in time for the Llanharry Giant Vegetable Show in September.

Guinness World Records said the heaviest marrow weighed 93.7 kg (206.5 lb) and was presented by Bradley Wursten (Netherlands) at the Dutch giant vegetable championship in Sliedrecht, Netherlands, in September 2009.

It broke a record of 65kg (143lb) set in 2008 by Ken Dade, a vegetable grower from Cambridgeshire.

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