Pancake racers in North Yorkshire’s county town will be flipping for a fine local cause next week.
The Shrove Tuesday contest will see staff from stores, businesses and other organisations across Northallerton come together and race to the finish line brandishing frying pans.
The event, which was reinstated in 2010 by food firm Lewis & Cooper, is this year supported by Sam Turner & Sons, Northallerton & District Rotary Club, Northallerton Retail and Business Forum and Northallerton Town Council, among others.
Flipping a pancake all the way, runners will attempt to stay on a course on the town’s Applegarth playing fields at 11am on Tuesday, February 17. Money raised will go to the Friarage Hospital’s MRI Scanner Appeal.
Spectators are welcome and the runners should assemble at 10.30am.
The race covers just over 50m – equivalent to the distance between the town hall and market cross, where the race used to be run in years gone by.
Shrove Tuesday falls in the half term holiday this year, so there will be no children’s races among pupils from Applegarth School. A children’s race will be run if there is enough demand. There will also be prizes for the first man and woman over the line, best fancy dress and three-legged winners.
Sam Turner & Son’s director Charlie Turner, said: “As a veteran of the race myself, I’m delighted to get behind this fun event in a more formal capacity this year.”
Bettina Bell, Lewis & Cooper director, added: “In this, the reinstated run’s fifth year, we hope to get the biggest number of runners ever and raise lots of money for the Friarage appeal.”
Entrants for the main race simply need to turn up on the day – with their own frying pan –in return for a donation of at least £1.
For more information about the event, please call 01609 766702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org