On Shrove Tuesday every year the ladies of Olney, Buckinghamshire compete in the world famous Pancake Race, an Olney tradition which dates back to 1445. The 2020 race will be held on Tuesday 25th February. The race starts at 11:55am. Children from Olney schools also take part in their own races. Since 1950 Olney has competed against the women of Liberal, Kansas, USA in an international race.
The Olney Pancake Race 2017 preparations are well underway. The Pancake Race will be on Tuesday 28th February this year. We have some brilliant prizes for our raffle and back by very popular demand is the Pancake Race breakfast, which was a sell out last year. To get your tickets before they sell out this year please phone Alison Langley on 01234 240484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was printed in the January 2017 edition of the Phonebook Magazine (link to website below)
What an incredible Pancake Race day. On Monday the wind was howling and the rain was battering Olney. Fast forward to Tuesday and although cold, the sun shone on Olney for it’s annual Pancake Race Day. 25 runners and two special guests lined up at the start line, outside of the Olney Deli on the Market Place. Our two special guests were Isobel Ager-Righinioti, our 84 year young participant and Barney Harwood from BBC Blue Peter; dressed in a wig, with red lipstick and wearing an apron. The race was a lot of run with speedy runners like Lianne Fisher, Kaisa Larkas and Rachel Riding-Felce leading the race. Running for fun was Bethan Courtman and Wendy Dooley who ran three-legged. Also running three-legged were Dawn Bridge and Lindsay Pemberton. The Great Gappo and Isobel finished to huge applause.
Lianne Fisher finished in first place in a course record breaking time of 55:02. Kaisa Larkas and Rachel Riding-Felce finished second and third respectively. Becky Wemyss who smiled from start to finish finished in forth place. We had some strong runners this year, including a large Olney Runners contingent.
Not only did Lianne Fisher set a new course record, but she also beat Liberal’s fastest runner, Summer Parsons. Summer finished in 62:61, meaning Olney won the International Pancake competition for this year.
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