Fun-loving Churchyard crowds prove Hitchin's popular pancake day races are no flash-in-the-pan

PUBLISHED: 12:52 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 28 February 2017

Lauren Mason and pals from Talents Hair in Hitchin. Picture: Layth Yousif

Lauren Mason and pals from Talents Hair in Hitchin. Picture: Layth Yousif

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Everyone in Hitchin had ‘flipping’ good fun during the town’s annual pancake day race held today.

Nick Davies and Steven Haynes tossing their pancakes. Picture: Layth YousifNick Davies and Steven Haynes tossing their pancakes. Picture: Layth Yousif

The dry and sunny conditions ensured the yearly event was no flash in the pan as the good weather saw enthusiastic crowds flock to the centre of town this lunchtime.

Hundreds cheered on the competitors in the series of races around Churchyard which were successfully organised by Hitchin Priory Rotary Club.

The races and the setting made for a memorable and exciting spectacle – which also raised money for Letchworth’s Garden House Hospice Care, as well as other Rotary causes.

There was a real community atmosphere with hundreds lining the route along with stalls selling pancakes, mulled wine and bacon baps as the vent was hailed the biggest and best yet.

Many different community groups, individuals and businesses took park as well as firefighters and residents and carers from a local care home.

Mike Mackenzie from Hitchin Priory Rotary Club said: “The weather has been encouraging and with nine races including a gents, two ladies, three fancy dresses, two sponsors races and a wheelchair race it’s the biggest and best yet.

“This is a wonderful community event supported my so many in the town and long may it continue.”

Nick Davies and Steven Haynes – dressed as the 118 118 men – competed in the one of three fancy dress races – on behalf of HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors.

Breathless victor Steven told the Comet moments after his run: “It was surprisingly competitive out there!” with runner-up and colleague Nick adding: “It was really good fun.”

Father Michael Roden gave expert commentary on the races, and said at the end of the charity event: “There was a great atmosphere. Well done to everyone.”

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