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Race event is a pancake party for Swadlincote

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

  • 04/03/14 Pankcake races - The Delph, Swadlincote Pacake races on the Delph in Swadlincote

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IT may look like flippin’ good fun, but there was some real competition behind the pancake races which took place in Swadlincote.

Dozens of teams gathered on The Delph for the annual Shrove Tuesday event, which saw them run around a track of hay bales with pancake and pan in hand, and showing off their finest flips.

Groups taking part included the police, several school teams, Chameleon School of Construction and, in one race, Conservative councillors from South Derbyshire District Council.

They ran against management from the authority, which organised the event.

Members of the public braved the showers to enjoy the event, crowding around the edges of the track to take in the competitive atmosphere at the event, which kicked off at 11am.

Council leader Bob Wheeler, who took part in one of the races dressed in a Superman onesie, said: “It’s brilliant, and we’ve been lucky with the weather.

“It’s good fun and brings people to the town centre. It’s nice to have everybody here.”

There were more than 20 races all together, which meant a lot of frying pans and a lot of pancakes.

The treats were not made from scratch, but there was a chance for competitors and onlookers to get their pancake fill from a stall next to the track.

Frank McArdle, chief executive of South Derbyshire District Council, said: “It’s a two-hour event that is supported by the council for two hours year after year.”

Teams include Sainsbury’s, Tesco Express, Timms Solicitors, Appleby Wood Turnings, the Mainline Group, the Keystone Group, JB Kind Doors, Brunel Healthcare and the P3 Charity, which supports people with housing problems.

The event took place in the hope of raising money for Sport Relief, which raises money for numerous different charities.

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