Pancake Race draws record entries

Another brilliant year of intense rivalry and fun in glorious sunshine marked the 8th Horsham Pancake Races on Tuesday, once again providing a superb opening to the town’s annual event calendar.

A baker’s dozen of crazy mascots created mayhem led by Horsham FC’s Howie the Hornet who succeeded in winning the mascots race by defeating such magnificent creatures as Nando’s Chicken and Horsham Council’s Ringo the Dragon in the process.

In addition,twenty-four teams of excited, gaudily dressed racers sped their way across the Carfax race track.

The event was organised as usual by the Horsham Rotary Club, with  support from main sponsor Ringway, who supplied  the arena barriers and signs, Sainsbury’s, who supplied the pancakes, sugar and lemon juice,  compere TV’s Dave Benson Phillips with musical support from Andrew Lake  and  the HDC Event Team.

Thirteen giant mascots competed in the hotly contested Egg & Spoon Races, with Barney the Bear just pipping Alice in a rerun final to win the Ringway Mascot Cup.

Horsham Rotary Club will donate £250 to the Children’s Trust for organising the mascot races to help them with the fantastic work they do with children with severe disabilities.

In a hotly contested competition Bluecoat Sports won the prestigious Sainsbury’s Cup, the  team from CAGNE (Campaign Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) colourfully dressed as Super Women won the Non-Stop Party Shop Best Fancy Dress Trophy and the best Individual Fancy Dress Trophy, donated by South East Hearing, went to Spofforths.  The South East Hearing Centre once again retained the Waitrose Trophy for the best Over-40’s team and St. Catherine’s Hospice beat the Samaritans to take the Horsham Rotary Trophy for the winning charity team.  Katie Peckham won the Rawlison Butler Trophy for best ‘flipper’ and the best individual fancy dress was won by Isobel Harp from the Dame Vera Lynn charity.

As well personal pride, the teams were also running for Charity with the most nominated charities, Action Medical Research and Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity, sharing the award of £250.  CoCo’s Foundation took the £250 prize for being the charity of the winning team while St Catherine’s won £250 as the winning charity team.

Horsham Rotary Club raises money for local and international charities and organises and participates in many local events. It is probably the largest independent non-political, non-religious charity in the area and has donated well over £120,000 in the last 3 years. It’s ‘Making a Difference to Horsham‘ scheme has received over 350 requests for help in the last five years from local individuals and organisations and the club has donated  over £60,000 in the fulfilment of these requests. Horsham Rotary will now be organising The Easter Bunny Hunt,

The Slot Cars at Piazza Italia and some activities at Sparks in the Park.

To find out more about Horsham Rotary and its work in the community, visit or email

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