Hitchin pancake day races are a ‘flipping’ good success

Racers from Highbury Rise home in the wheelchair race

Racers from Highbury Rise home in the wheelchair race - Credit: Archant

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

Hitchin Firefighters

Hitchin Firefighters - Credit: Archant

Enthusiastic crowds turned out this lunchtime encouraged the calm and dry conditions to watch the six races – successfully organised by Hitchin Priory Rotary Club.

The course that took in St Mary’s churchyard made for an exciting spectacle and raised money for Letchworth’s Garden House Hospice, as well as other Rotary causes.

The fancy dress race was won by Laura Calvert who was dressed as a strawberry who was from Bancroft firm HRJ Foreman Laws – with a wheelchair event contested for the first time by residents at Highbury Rise care home in Highbury Road.

Care home manager Linda Pennells told the Comet: “All our residents had a great time today.

HRJ Foreman Laws team

HRJ Foreman Laws team - Credit: Archant


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“They really enjoyed the whole event. They were given pancakes, and Peter Lilley MP presented them all with a box of chocolates afterwards.

“What a lovely day it was.”

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Following the races, Peter Lilley presented the prizes, trophies and certificates to the winners and runners-up which saw the pancake, hot-dogs and mulled wine stalls continue to supply their wares in a crowded Market Place.

Mike Mackenzie from Hitchin Priory Rotary Club added: “All those taking part were heartily cheered along the pancake-strewn course.

Mens race

Mens race - Credit: Archant

“One pancake was dropped within a few feet of the start. Many others were dropped further along the way, particularly at the church doors, where the exuberant pancake tossing took place.

“We’re grateful to the people of Hitchin who attended, and also to the brochure advertisers and various sponsors, for helping to raise money for Garden House Hospice and other Rotary charities.”

Race results were as follows:

Gentlemen’s Race: winner, George Dench, from Handelsbanken. Runner up: Declan Marron, Norgans.

Dropped pancakes

Dropped pancakes - Credit: Archant

Ladies’ A Race: winner, Becky George, Satchells. Runner up: Jasmine Kitchener, Country Properties.

Ladies’ B Race: winner, Leane Cavialiere, Talents. Runner up: Becky Hedger, Country Properties.

Fancy Dress Race: winner, Laura Calvert, HRJ Foreman laws. Runner up: Kate Overton, HRJ Foreman laws.

Flip Connect Race: winner, Ben Smith, Flip Connect. Runner up: Russell Dawson, Flip Connect.

Mens race gets underway

Mens race gets underway - Credit: Archant

LV= Race: winner, Louis Horn, LV. Runner up: Helen Gifffin, LV.

Best Fancy Dress, Gentlemen: Fire Brigade. Ladies: Hitchin Markets.

Young at Heart Wheelchair Push: contested by residents of Highbury Rise care home.

Ladies race action

Ladies race action - Credit: Archant

Ladies race action

Ladies race action - Credit: Archant

Mens race action

Mens race action - Credit: Archant

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