Batter not leave it too late if you want to get involved in Hitchin's pancake races

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 January 2016

Action from the 2015 races

Action from the 2015 races


On your marks, get set...flip! The countdown has started for Hitchin's annual celebration of Shrove Tuesday, and organisers are still recruiting teams to take part in pancake races.

Action from the 2015 racesAction from the 2015 races

The races are normally staged along the High Street but this year the venue has been switched to the grounds of nearby St Mary’s Church for safety reasons because of scheduled roadworks in the area. Mike McKenzie of Hitchin Priory Rotary Club, which organises the event in aid of the Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice, said: “Our thanks to St Mary’s for allowing this.

“The races will be held on well-surfaced paths finishing at the gate by the war memorial.

“This is not particularly satisfactory, but has been chosen as an alternative to cancelling the event.”

The 18th annual festival will see the Market Place host the Pancake Fayre on Saturday, February 6, with the races staged on Tuesday, February 9.

Anyone who is interested in joining the field for the races, either as an individual or as a team, can contact John Hartshorne (01462 677047 or

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