Flip, flip hooray

PUBLISHED: 12:21 03 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:44 28 May 2010

Thomas Eaton pupils

Thomas Eaton pupils

WIMBLINGTON staged its first pancake race on Tuesday the idea of parish councillor Susie Spurr, whose aim was to brighten up the winter's day. And when the Cambs Times saw advertisements for entries, my place in the village's inaugural race was served u

WIMBLINGTON staged its first pancake race on Tuesday - the idea of parish councillor Susie Spurr, whose aim was to brighten up the winter's day.And when the Cambs Times saw advertisements for entries, my place in the village's inaugural race was served up on a plate.So I arrived in Addison Road with my pan. So what were the rules? Well none, really."You flip at the beginning, in the middle and you flip at the end," said Susie, "You do not get disqualified in a fun race like this."Thankfully, no technique is needed - you only need to jerk your pan upwards and the pancake will launch into the air. The catching part was simple enough, and if I was lucky, it flipped over.But it seemed for a while that there would be no race.Apart from myself, there was only Susie and Jonathan Moore, also a Wimblington councillor, taking part.Thankfully though, it was agreed the three of us would race along a small stretch of road between Addison Road and St Peter's Drive.We warmed up on the start line with a practice toss of our pancakes and, in front of a packed audience of construction workers on a site in Addison Road, Councillor Liz Wright, Wimblington Parish Council chairman, set us on our way.I made a slow start as the pancake had to flip before I left the line. But it flipped over in the end, leaving me plenty of time to catch up.At the finish I was ahead, just in front of Cllr Moore.But the day's flipping was not over. Next stop, Thomas Eaton Primary School.Susie said: "I put the idea to the school and decided that we do it just before their lunch hour."So, at 11.45am, the children, teachers and organiser Susie gathered in the playground. With 205 children attending the school, there were races held for each year group, except for the reception class, who had two because of the number of children in the group.Each child was given a small paper plate instead of a pan, with a pancake on it, and ran from one end of the playground to the other.Teachers and support workers joined in, staging their own race, won by learning support assistant Sarah Brown.Both Thomas Eaton School and Susie have agreed to repeat the pancake races next year, in an event at the school.

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