Chasers crepe up to win pancake race

WET and windy weather could did not stop the annual Woking Shopmobility pancake race from taking centre stage in Jubilee Square this week, writes Stuart Flitton.

The annual fundraising event for the charity that hires out mobility scooters, powered and manual wheelchairs in the town centre is expected to raise £1,500.

The York Road Project team.

Many of the participants wore pink, in memory of Shopmobility vice-chairman Ray Humphreys, who died of cancer just after Christmas.

Despite the rain, 16 teams of four took up their frying pans for the dash across the square.

Thanks to the non-slip surface in Jubilee Square, there were no falls and a reasonable number of spectators gathered under umbrellas and in waterproof jackets to see this most English of events.

Like all great sporting events, there was some “controversy”. Woking Security was in line to win first prize for the fourth year in a row but fell foul of the strict rules.

The relay race requires each runner to toss the pancake at least three times, but also to touch a line on each leg of their run.

“They didn’t quite touch the line and so were knocked down to second place,” said Shopmobility administration officer Paula Garners. “Its very competitive,” Paula added, with a smile. “They took the decision on the chin.”

See 15th February 2018 issue for full report

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