More flipping adults needed for Ruthin's historic pancake races!


Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

ADULTS are being encouraged to join in the fun of the annual charity pancake races which have become a tradition in Ruthin town centre.


The races have been run in the town for almost 40 years.


Organiser Elizabeth Smart told how the popular races were always well supported by children - but this year they were hoping that more adults would become involved.


It would be a great way to keep fit, have fun and raise funds for a very good cause at the same time, she explained.


The annual pancake race is organised by a team from St Peter’s Church supported by volunteers from Ruthin Rotary Club and Ruthin Inner Wheel.


This year the races will raise raise funds for Ty Gobaith (Hope House).


Mrs Smart explained that in years gone by when people did not have watches, the church bells would ring at mid day on Shrove Tuesday - February 28 - and the wives would all scurry home to make the batter for the pancakes.


The church hit on the idea of using the toll of the bells to start charity pancake races and they had been held every year for almost 40 years.


She said that children from all the schools in the town were invited to take part in different age ranges and the races were always well supported.


But this year more adults were being encouraged to take part in the fun.


The winners would receive special certificates, to be presented this year by  Cllr Geraint Woolford, mayor of Ruthin.


A number of businesses in the town had indicated that they would support the event by sending representatives to join in the adult races, she said, and she hoped others would come along too.


Mrs Smart said that the church was very grateful to the members of Rotary and Inner Wheel for assisting with the marshalling and other duties to ensure that the event was such a success.


Competitors are asked to register by 11.45am so the first race can start at 12pm. They are reminded to wear suitable footwear and bring a pan and a pancake tough enough to survive their race.

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