Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Pancake Day Race

Pancake racing is a traditional sport played out on this auspicious Tuesday, and involves a group racing each other on foot whilst simultaneously tossing a pancake. The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney and is a tradition that has been upheld for over 500 years. In 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan and inspired an event that is honored and observed to this day. Competitors must be female residents of the town who should be appropriately dressed in a traditional housewife outfit. They must run the 375 m course and observe the tossing of the pancake three times.

As I’m a bit stuffy about the concept of kids playing with and losing respect for food, I’m suggesting re-creating this event for kids but making some pretend pancakes.

What do we need to play it?
You need a frying pan per racing child, try to avoid heavy iron ones if possible. You also need something to take the place of the pancake. It needs to be something that has a bit of weight to it so it can be easily flipped. If you don’t have time to craft something then a small book is ideal. Finally, you also need somewhere where you can race.

How do we play it?
  • Mark out your race course and get your kids lined up at the starting line
  • On the word ‘go’ kids must race from start to finish and successfully toss the pancake three times. If they drop the pancake on the floor they have to go back to the starting line
  • First racer across the finishing line having successfully made their three tosses is the winner.
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