Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Competitors enjoy charity pancake race despite icy conditions

THE Mayor of Henley’s fourth annual pancake race went ahead on Saturday — despite chilly temperatures and drizzle.

THE Mayor of Henley’s fourth annual pancake race went ahead on Saturday — despite chilly temperatures and drizzle.

Seven teams of four people took part in the knockout event in Market Place, watched by a small but enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers.

They had to wear silly hats and bring their own frying pans while the pancakes were supplied by the Henley Brew House pub.

Each runner had to flip their pancake four times as they ran from one end of the course to the other before handing on to the next person in their team. The children’s team winner were the 1st Henley Brownies while the winning adults were Henley Lions, whose members were marshalling the event.

The other teams came from the Henley and Henley Bridge Rotary Clubs, Sue Ryder, the Standard and Camp Mohawk in Crazies Hill.

The best adult hat award went to Phil Simms, news editor of the Standard. He won afternoon tea for two at the Chocolate Theatre café, which he shared with Nicky Emms, a member of the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge.

Carrie and James Ferguson, who were representing Camp Mohawk, shared the award for best children’s hat, taking away a box of chocolates courtesy of Gorvett & Stone.

The event raised about £200, which will be split between Henley Youth Centre, Camp Mohawk and Henley Over-60s Club.

Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “There was a good turnout despite the cold, wet weather and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“I would like to thank Henley Brew House for providing the pancakes, Gorvett & Stone, the town council staff for giving up their time, the Lions for marshalling and the two Rotary clubs.

“This is an event we have to keep going as it’s important to get people thinking.

“I am very happy to do this for my charities.”

Luke Jansen, leader at Camp Mohawk, a day centre for children on the autistic spectrum, said: “We are one of the Mayor’s charities so it is absolutely fantastic to take part in things like this.

“Henley is such a lovely community and everyone has made an effort, which is great considering the weather.

“It is a joy to be a part of such a wonderful community activity as it brings people together.”

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