Photo of the winners of the 2024 Pancake Race - people in fancy dress racing as they flip pancakes.

Pancake Race brings broad smiles to Broad Street!

A fantastic £9,165 has been raised from our annual Pancake Race which saw 34 teams brave the weather and batter it out on Broad Street on Shrove Tuesday.

The team from RSM UK, dressed in their animal-themed costumes, lifted the coveted frying pan trophy to become our 27th champion team.

Money raised by all the amazing teams will help fund our vital services across Reading, helping people who are homeless, or at risk of losing their home.

Teams of four representing businesses and other groups from across Reading flipped pancakes as they competed in knock-out stages and a fantastic final!

All the races were compered by the wonderful Tarek Ahmed, from B Radio, much to the delight of hundreds of cheering onlookers, including the Mayor of Reading, Tony Page who presented the prizes. 

Our winners, RSM UK received the first prize of a Cocktail Masterclass at The Roseate, and runners up, Nexus Planning were given vouchers for wine and nibbles for four at Veeno. Our third -place team Air IT won afternoon tea for four from Afternoon Tea Box (Crumbs Food Co).

The team from Take Note Choir were our best fundraisers, raising over £865 and won bottomless brunch for two and afternoon tea for two at Revolucion de Cuba.

Collard Environmental – who raced as characters from the Wizard of Oz – won best fancy dress and received a £50 voucher for Honest Burger.

Field Seymour Parkes were highly commended for their fancy dress and won £40 worth of vouchers to spend at Shed, an independent cafe behind our offices in Merchants Place.

Our team spirit award went to Phantom Brewery who won Cocktails for four at Novotel. Winners of the Great Pancake Flip off were The Oracle, winning four tickets to The Biscuit Factory after flipping a pancake 57 times in a minute!

The entire Launchpad team is incredibly grateful for the support from these amazing local businesses and community groups and would also like to thank Reading BID for their sponsorship, Broad Street Mall and fitness instructor Maggie Watkins who warmed the teams up in Broad Street Mall before the race.

Kirsti Wilson, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, said: “It’s brilliant that our Pancake Race has been as wonderful as ever! Every year the race is full of amazing costumes and laughter – and this year was no exception, even with the unfortunate weather. Few will forget the ‘2024 Where’s Wally Wiggle?’!

“We’re also grateful to the hundreds of people that cheered on the runners and made donations at the event – AND to our amazing team of volunteers – the race just wouldn’t be the same without them.

“Our fun-filled event has a very serious purpose – to raise funds and awareness that we are here for anyone in Reading who has become homeless, or is at risk of losing their home, regardless of circumstances.”