Call for runners ahead of Hitchin’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races

The Hitchin Pancake Day races last year. Picture: Kasia Burke

The Hitchin Pancake Day races last year. Picture: Kasia Burke - Credit: Archant

Shrove Tuesday’s just a few weeks away – and the call’s gone out for would-be runners in Hitchin’s Pancake Races.

The races, organised by the town’s Priory Rotary Club and now in their 20th year, will run in the grounds of St Mary’s Church on February 13, starting at 11.30am.

There are three categories – ladies, gentlemen and fancy dress – with plastic pancakes supplied. Runners need only bring a frying pan.

There are prizes for first and second place in each race, as well as two prizes for fancy dress.

Runners must be 18 or over, and should be sponsored. All funds raised go to Garden House Hospice Care, which supports those with life-limiting illnesses across North Herts and Stevenage.


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The entry fee of £10 per runner is refundable on request if the runner raises more than £40.

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Entries must be with Rotary’s Mike Mackenzie by Wednesday, January 31. For more, call 01462 623220.

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