Flipping good time at Ripon pancake race

The Dean of Ripon keeps his eye on the competition. (1302122AM34)
The Dean of Ripon keeps his eye on the competition. (1302122AM34)

It was a flipping marvellous day for runners at Ripon’s annual pancake race, as schoolchildren, councillors and cathedral officials tossed their pancakes up historic Kirkgate.

The pancake bell rang 40 times to mark the start of the celebrated race on Tuesday, February 12, with Ripon Primary School pupils’ team setting off first from Ripon Cathedral’s forecourt.

Around 200 people took part in more than 30 races on Shrove Tuesday, organised by Ripon Festivals.

Festivals chairman Coun Bernard Bateman said: “It was one of the best pancake race events I have ever organised with Ripon Festivals over the 14 years I’ve been involved.”

Participants of the race – which was controversially cancelled in 2008 for healthy and safety issues but triumphantly returned the following year – included workers at many of the city’s businesses, Ripon museums, Ripon youth services, in addition to councillors, schoolchildren and members of the clergy.

Ripon’s 21 Regiment’s catering corp set up its field kitchen at 7am to get ready for the morning ahead.

They cooked up more than 350 pancakes to serve up to the hungry runners and visitors.

The pancakes’ ingredients were provided by Don Grundy’s Deli on Duck Hill and Cadbury’s easter eggs from Hemmingways were awarded to all the runners.

Coun Bateman told the Gazette he would like to express his thanks to Ripon Rotary Rowels for policing the event, controlling the finishing line and running back with the frying pans.