Harelston: Shrove Tuesday pancake race is set to return on March 4 after 25 years

Members of the Events Group of Harleston's Future getting in practice for the Harleston Pancake Race

Members of the Events Group of Harleston's Future getting in practice for the Harleston Pancake Race. - Credit: Archant

Racers will have their frying pans at the ready as a town’s community pancake race makes a welcome return.

Harleston has not staged the event for 25 years – however, residents were keen to revive the tradition, with Carol Wiles helping the events group of Harleston’s Town Team to arrange the event.

It will take place on Shrove Tuesday, March 4.

“We organised a pancake race every year for about five years back in the 1980s,” said Ms Wiles.

“Many local people remember it fondly and loads of people took part.


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“We were raising money for the Play and Rec Association back then but now it is about trying to stimulate a sense of community by having some fun. We are looking for people who can toss and run fast at the same time – no mean feat.”

The pancake races will take place at intervals between 10.30am and 1pm and run from the Market Place, along The Thoroughfare to Union Street. There will be different categories for the event, with separate races for shopkeepers, pubs and cafes, hair and beauty professionals, sports and social clubs and others. There will be medals for individual race winners and a trophy for the overall winner.

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