GALLERY & VIDEO: Teams fight it out in Huntingdon pancake races

Flip-a-thon, Huntingdon, Market Square, a childrens race,

Flip-a-thon, Huntingdon, Market Square, a childrens race, - Credit: Archant

Visitors turned out for some flipping good fun in Huntingdon town centre today (Tuesday).

The annual Shrove Tuesday tradition saw teams battling to show off the most flair in the pancake ‘flipathon’ in the Market Square.

It was style over speed as the entrants battled to impress on their way to the finish line.

The event kicked off with the mayors’ category, which included Councillor Bill Hensley, Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Brian Luter, Mayor of St Ives, Councillor Ian Curtis, Mayor of Ramsey, Councillor Peter Morgan, Deputy Mayor of Godmanchester, and the winner, Councillor Alan Mackender-Lawrence, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council.

He said: “It is all in the wrist – I concentrated on the pancake and not on the floor.

“It was great fun and a great turnout by everybody.”

There were medals awarded for first and second place and chocolate galore as more entrants crossed the finish line, with other contests including the retail relay, guide dogs and their walkers and residents of the The Manor in Brampton, which is owned by Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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In the Leonard Cheshire Disability heat, David Warren came first in the manual wheelchair contest and Nick Ingram scooped first place for electric wheelchair users.

Billie Smith, activities and volunteer coordinator, said: “The residents really look forward to coming, they were all talking about it this morning. It is the first time we have had as many as nine residents all wanting to take part - they are very competitive.”

And it was time for the pooches to resist the pancakes in the guide dog heat, which was won by Pauline Parker and black Labrador Rosie.

Volunteer puppy walker Katy-Ann Mason, who came second with Golden Retriever Black Labrador cross Rea, said: “It was a good training exercise for them. It was challenging and I did enjoy it – it was a lot of fun.”