Crowds gathered on Monday (10 April) to witness this year’s long awaited Horsham Pancake Race, which took place in The Carfax.
The event, which was set back from the original date, Shrove Tuesday, was organised as usual by the Horsham Rotary Club. Support came from main sponsor Ringway, who supplied the arena barriers and signs; Sainsbury’s, who supplied the pancakes, sugar and lemon juice; Horsham’s Town Centre Manager, Garry Mortimer-Cook, who did a fantastic job of energetically compering the event, with musical support from Andrew Lake and intermittent help from Rotary’s Roger Cato, and Horsham personality Davey Pearson.
Whilst this was primarily a fun lunchtime, the desire of many teams to win made it highly competitive, with Harris Lord winning the prestigious Sainsbury’s Cup once again. The colourfully dressed team from the Amber Foundation won the Non-Stop Party Shop Best Fancy Dress Trophy, whilst the best Individual Fancy Dress Trophy, donated by South East Hearing, went to Jon Santos from the Amber Foundation, who was a gloriously colourful female for the day. Despite stiffer competition this year, Horsham Rotary Club pipped the Samaritans for the Waitrose Trophy for the best Over-40’s Team. The St. Catherine’s Hospice Team took the Horsham Rotary Trophy for the winning Charity Team. The Rawlison Butler Trophy, for the member of the Winning Team who could produce the most skilful pancake flips, was won by Josh Hemsley.
As well as gaining personal pride, the Teams were also running for Charity, with the most nominated charity by the participating teams being the Olive Tree Horsham Cancer Unit who pick up £300; St Catherine Hospice taking the £300 award for being the Charity nominated by the Winning Team; and St Catherine’s also taking the £300 Award as the winning Charity Team.
The event, which is celebrating 10 years this year, and also recieved a record number of applicants, was deemed ‘a great success’ by organisers.