Pancake race was flipping good time

Malvern Gazette: FLIP: Malvern mayor Ian Hopwood declared teh event open. 0813251201 FLIP: Malvern mayor Ian Hopwood declared teh event open. 0813251201

PEOPLE of all ages had a flipping good time as Malvern Rotary Club held its annual fund-raising Pancake Race.

Bright sun brought out a good crowd to cheer on participants as they navigated the course, pan in hand, to raise money for good causes.

Things got underway at 11.30am with the toddlers’ race, which saw 48 three and four-year-olds take part under supervision from members of Malvern Inner Wheel club.

It was then on to the main event, which was declared open by Malvern’s mayor Ian Hopwood.

This saw 15 teams, many of them in fancy dress, competing in a series of relay-style heats to determine the eventual winner.

Rotary spokesman Sandy Gibson said: “Here and there a dropped pancake or two changed the pattern of a race.

But fortunately the pancakes were of Rotary’s own patent ‘indestructible’ variety.”

In the “elite” category (average age under 50) the team of ‘Wait’, from supermarket and race sponsor Waitrose, defended their crown while the Save the Children team won the veteran category.

The prize for best fancy dress went to ‘Nuns in Habits’, who represented Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rotary president Paul Harris awarded trophies with Waitrose manager Scott Whittaker, while Malvern Hills District Council chairman Paul Tuthill started races.

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