Pancake Race 2021 Cancelled

It is with regret the Pancake Race Committee have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Olney pancake race for 2021. COVID-19 restrictions currently in force, and the widespread expectation that the situation will extend into 2021 means the event is not viable.


Pancake Race

1 March 2022
The next world famous pancake race is on Shrove Tuesday,
  1 March 2022


71st Annual Pancake Race against Liberal, Kansas

This is the 73rd race of the new era since the event was re-established in 1948, and the 71st race against Liberal, Kanses, USA.


415 yards


25 maximum


Ladies of Olney only

Why take part

Be part of history

This is an historic event that takes place every year in Olney, open only to the female residents of Olney who are 18 and over, and resident in the town for at least three months.

The event supposedly has been in existance for over 550 years, having first taken place after 1445. Please see the history pages for more details on how the event came into existance, and how it was resurrected after WW2.

Time remaining before the bell rings









Highlights from Past Races and Events

Please click on the link or menu item to see a gallery of previous races..

This gallery is not extensive, but will be expanded over time. Unfortunately the childrens races are not in the gallery due to GDPR regulations, but it is hoped this will be possible in future.


Resources for Racers


In order to register for the race, a completed form must be completed and submitted. No online registration is available.

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In order to take part, there are various requirements. Please click on the link below to get details.

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Course Details

The course length is 415 yards (379.5m). Click on the link below to see where the race starts and finishes.

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