Pancake Race

The annual Launchpad Pancake Race is an eggstraordinary event that has seen local businesses don fancy dress and flip pancakes down Broad Street every Shrove Tuesday for over 20 years. In 2020, the event raised a huge £6,500 for Launchpad! Join us in 2021 for more fun!

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The annual Launchpad Pancake Race is an eggstraordinary event that has seen local businesses don fancy dress and flip pancakes down Broad Street every Shrove Tuesday for over 20 years.

Teams of four are egged on by cheering crowds of spectators as they relay race, and compete for the coveted frying pan trophy and top prize. There are also prizes for second and third place, best dressed, team spirit and the most funds raised for Launchpad.

This year, all money raised at Launchpad’s Pancake Race will help open Reading’s first work and life skills centre so vulnerable people can rebuild their lives.

woman flipping pancake in race

Fancy dress

Whether you rock up as superheroes,  space hoppers or suffragettes – (almost) anything goes at Launchpad’s Pancake Race when it comes to fancy dress. We’ve had traffic cones, Jamaican bobsleigh athletes, bridal wear, barristers and morph suits – and that was just last year!

Prizes

The triumphant team at Launchpad’s Pancake Race 2020 don’t just get the coveted frying pan trophy and the adoration of the people of Reading – they also each receive a night’s stay at pentahotels with breakfast!

Other prizes include breakfast at Novotel for the best team spirit, Clas Ohlson UK vouchers for second and third place, Fun ‘n’ Frolic vouchers for the best fancy dress, and tapas and a drink at Revolucion de Cuba Reading for the team who fundraises the most for Launchpad.

What is involved?

Your team registers at Broad Street Mall before joining the Pancake Race parade to the start line on Broad Street. You will then take part in a series of relay races in knock-out heats, tossing pancakes along the way. The winning team are the first over the finish line, without dropping their pancakes.

Spectating

If you’re not running in the Pancake Race but fancy spending your lunch break watching local businesses in fancy dress battling it out with a frying pan – join us on Broad Street! We’ll be located at the Broad Street Mall end of Broad Street and the first race begins at 12.30pm.

Volunteers

We would love your help to register teams on the day, bucket collect and monitor the participating team’s pancake flips! If you would like to get involved, please email fundraising@launchpadreading.org.uk for more details.

Curious to find out more? Check out our photos from 2019!

Date

16th February 2021

Time

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Cost

£95 per team

Location

Broad Street
Broad Street, Reading

Organizer

Launchpad
Phone
01189291121
Email
fundraising@launchpadreading.org.uk

Hourly Schedule

Shrove Tuesday

11:45 - 12:15
Registration
Registration at Broad Street Mall
12:30 -
Race Start