Record entries to celebrate 10 years of pancake racing in Horsham

Horsham is celebrating 10 years of pancake flipping with a record number of entries to its annual Pancake Day Race on Shrove Tuesday (13 February) this year in the town’s Carfax.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham with support from Horsham District Council, this year’s event promises to be as zany as ever.

Top children’s TV entertainer Dave Benson Phillips will be compering the event and DJ Andy Lake will be providing the music.

There will be life size mascots including last year’s winner ‘Buster’ the search dog and his mate Woody competing in the Giant Egg and Spoon Race.

A special award will be presented by the District Council to Ringway in recognition of their continued and ongoing support of this event over the last 10 years.

All proceeds will go to charity, with the charity being chosen by the winning race team and the most nominated charity across all teams receiving a third of the money each. The remaining third will be won by the best charity based team in the races.

Thanks go out to our many generous sponsors this year.

Sainsbury’s and the Non Stop Party Shop are sponsoring the prizes for the Overall Winning Team and the team with the Best Fancy Dress categories, whilst Ringway are providing the racing arena. Sainsbury’s are also providing the pancakes, sugar and lemon juice.

Waitrose will be presenting the ‘Oldies’ Cup for the winning team with all racers  over 40 years of age, and Rawlison Butler and South East Hearing Centres will be giving the Best Flipper and Best Individual Fancy Dress prizes.

There is a superb entry of over 35 teams in this year’s races including teams from our large stores with Sainsburys (2009 and 2012 winners), John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis going head to head.

Local service companies include Kreston Reeves , Coole Bevis, Hamptons International, Harris Lord Recruitment (2017 Winners),First Recruitment, Next Phase Recruitment and  Horsham Mortgage Centre.

Sporty entrants come from Bluecoat Sports (2016 winners) and Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and charity teams are well represented from  Horsham Y Centre, Samaritans, Amber Foundation, Action Medical Research, Olive Tree Cancer Unit    (which has just opened in Horsham),  St Catherine’s Hospice, and The Springboard Project.

Newcomers fielding teams for the first time include  Henfield Hire , Shelley’s Venue Decoration, Southwater PTA,  Durrants Removals, the amazing Horsham Vicars team competing as  “Flippin” Vicars’ and Farlington School competing as the “Cast of Cluedo.”

Local radio station Spirit fm will be participating once again, as will our leading sponsor Ringway, who provide the barriers and other racecourse equipment.

If you are not yet and want to be in a team (you need four individuals to make a team), come along to Horsham’s Carfax on Tuesday 13 February and join in the fun between 12 noon and 2pm and don’t forget to bring the children.


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