The traditions of this popular race are said to date back to 1445, where in Buckinghamshire, a housewife who was busily making pancakes, lost track of time and upon hearing the ringing church bells, suddenly ran to church, still wearing her apron and carrying her frying pan! Since these unlikely beginnings, people all over the world have been participating in 'Pancake Races'.Click here to read more on the history of the race.
The rules for the race are simple. Only female contestants are allowed to enter the race. Contestants are required to run a 380m race in a skirt, apron and a hat or headscarf, whilst holding a frying pan containing a pancake. Throughout the whole race participants have to flip the pancake three times. If it falls, just pick it up and continue.
For those who wonder how long a 380m race is; it depends on how quick you can run. It takes around 1 to 1.30 minutes to finish. The fastest race time recorded was 59.5 seconds.
Entry for this race is free. The first lady over the line will win 300 dollars. Click here to register. After registration, Pancake Parlour will send out a confirmation email informing the contestant that;
'Pancake Parlour will be providing a Pancake Parlour t-shirt, apron, head scarf, pancake and frypan…[all the contestants need to wear are their] running shoes and skirt.'
So contestants need not worry about finding an apron, headscarf or a frying pan!
More information on the event will become available when contestants receive their confirmation emails. Click here to read other information about the run.
For the gentlemen, there will be no running around flipping pancakes, however Pancake Parlour will hold its annual Gentlemen's Pancake Eating Competition as one of its many celebrations for Shrove Tuesday. Check the Pancake Palourwebsite for details on this event.
Now, ladies get your friend, get dressed, gear up and let the best lady win.