All local Horsham businesses, charities and other organisations are invited to enter teams (preferably in fancy dress) to compete in the seventh annual Horsham Charity Pancake Race to be held in the Carfax at lunchtime on Shrove Tuesday, February 17th.
The event is once again organised by The Rotary Club of Horsham in partnership with Horsham District Council and is aimed at raising money for local Charities that are nominated by the participants.
The main sponsor for this year’s event is once again locally based highway maintenance Company, Ringway, who will organise the race course and signage, as well as sponsoring the Mascot Race Prizes. Sainsbury’s will be supplying the pancakes as well as sponsoring a Trophy together with Waitrose, the Non-Stop Party Shop, Rawlison Butler, South East Hearing Centres and Horsham Rotary Club . TV Personality Dave Benson Phillips will once more compere the event.
The call is going out for Businesses and Organisations to get together a team of four who can enter the 80 metre relay race, using their own frying pan and non- slip shoes. The course is designed to encourage a sensible mix of skill and speed. There will be cups and prizes awarded to the winners on the day, including one for the Best Team Fancy Dress, one for the Best Over 40’s Team, one for the Winning Charity Team, one for the Best Individual Fancy Dress, one for the Best Flipper and one for the overall Winning Team.
Last year’s Winning Team were once again from the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.
The Amber Foundation Team won the Rotary Shield for the winning Charity, and the Best Fancy Dress Prize was won by The Dame Vera Lynn Trust Team. The South East Hearing Centre won the Waitrose Trophy for the Best Over-40’s Team and Jade Lally, Britain’s No 1 Discus Champion and Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, was unsurprisingly crowned Best Flipper and took home the Rawlison Butler Trophy.
The South East Hearing Centre Trophy for the best Individual Fancy Dress went to Chestnut Tree House, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust, St Catherine’s Hospice, Springboard and Set4Success all received monies from the event as a result of being nominated by the winning teams or being the most nominated charities of the competitors.
As well as gaining personal pride, the Teams were also running for Charity with the proceeds of the event being divided between Set4Success (a local Charity aimed at helping young local talented sports people) as the Charity nominated by the Winning Team, and the most nominated Charity which was Chestnut Tree House with 5 Nominations. Each received £250.
Amber Foundation received £125 as the Winning Charity Team and the Dame Vera Lynn Trust receive £125 for receiving the second highest number of nominations (together with Set4Success).
Further information and Entry Forms for the Team event can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final date for entries is Friday 13 February and they will be accepted on a strictly first come, first served basis.
Report contributed by The Rotary Club of Horsham. Pictures of last year’s event by Steve Cobb.