All local Horsham businesses, charities and other organisations are invited to enter teams (preferably in fancy dress) to compete in the sixth annual Horsham Charity Pancake Race to be held in the Carfax at lunchtime on Tuesday February 18.
We have brought the races forward so that they coincide with the school half term as we plan to include once again a real Mascot Egg and Spoon Race.
There will also be races for young children and various other activities for kids and there will be more information in the coming weeks on these extra events which we hope will bring even more people into the Carfax.
Children’s TV Star Dave Benson Phillips will once again be Race Commentator as well as helping to entertain the children.
The event is once again organised by The Rotary Club of Horsham in partnership with Horsham District Council and is aimed at raising money for local Charities that are nominated by the participants.
The Main Sponsor for this year’s event is once again locally based highway maintenance Company, Ringway, who will organise the race course and signage, as well as sponsoring the Mascot Race Prizes.
Sainsbury’s will be supplying the pancakes as well as sponsoring a Trophy together with Waitrose, the Non-Stop Party Shop, Rawlison Butler, South East Hearing Centres and Horsham Rotary Club.
The call is going out for businesses and organisations to get together a team of four who can enter the 80 metre relay race, using their own frying pan and non-slip shoes.
The course is designed to encourage a sensible mix of skill and speed.
There will be cups and prizes awarded to the winners on the day, including one for the Best Team Fancy Dress, one for the Best Over 40’s Team, one for the Winning Charity Team , one for the Best Individual Fancy Dress, one for the Best Flipper and one for the overall Winning Team.
To enter a Team just complete the entry form (right) and follow the instructions shown on the form.
Last year’s winning team were from the Broadbridge Heath Leisure centre (pictured) who narrowly beat Sainsburys in the final.
Sussex Central YMCA won the Rotary Shield for the winning Charity, and the Best Fancy Dress Prize was won for the fourth consecutive year by The Music Bus.
Horsham Rotary won the Waitrose Trophy for the Best Over-40’s Team and Jordan Niblock was crowned Best Flipper and took home the Rawlison Butler Trophy.
The South East Hearing Centre Trophy for the best Individual Fancy Dress went to Benny from the Music Bus who was dressed as a Blackbird who had just flown from the pie.
Chestnut Tree House, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust, St Catherine’s Hospice, Springboard and Set4Success all received monies from the event as a result of being nominated by the winning teams or being the most nominated charities of the competitors.
The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for accidents. All teams and individuals enter at their own risk.
The race will start from 12 noon.
Report contributed by John Le Rossignol, Rotary Club of Horsham.