Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Mayor goes on the run!

THE Mayor was running... not for election or even towards another political party, but for charity.

THE Mayor was running... not for election or even towards another political party, but for charity.

Martin Akehurst took the attention off his recent switch to the Conservatives when he took part in the Mayor of Henley's sixth annual charity pancake race.

Five teams of four competed for prizes in the event, which was held in Market Place on Shrove Tuesday afternoon and watched by about 25 people.

Each runner had to flip their pancake four times as they ran from one end of the course to the other before handing their frying pan to a teammate.

Brownies and guides were the first to go head to head.

The guides ? Elouise McCobb, Poppy Butler, Amelie Judge and Lily Stott ? won and were each awarded an Easter egg.

Runners-up Emma Francis, Nuala Howard-Jones, Isabella Matthews and Rosie Weatherstone received a small chocolate egg each as well as a bottle filled with chocolates for taking part wearing Chinese-style paper hats.

The second race was between autism charity Kingwood Trust and staff from the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed and both teams wore silly wigs.

Mayoress Glynnis Akehurst joined the Sue Ryder team when one of their runners dropped out at the last minute but couldn't help them win.

The Kingwood team then took on Mayor's team, who included Trisha Rae, who works at the town hall, Toni Aitken, of Damer Gardens, and a passer-by who had asked to take part.

Despite losing, Councillor Akehurst said: "It was a great afternoon with a friendly atmosphere and we had some great teams.

"I think mine was elegant but not necessarily fast. I enjoy a bit of exercise about once a year so that was good enough for me.

"The race brings people together for charity and is a chance to for everyone to have a good laugh."

The victorious Kingwood team were given four bottles of pancake mix and a bottle of rosé wine donated by Rossetti Ristorante in Market Place.

Lynn Longland, the charity's human resources manager, said: "We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

"The weather was fantastic, which made a big difference as it was absolutely tipping it down the day before.

"It's the first year we've taken part but hopefully we'll have a rematch with Sue Ryder next year."

The proceeds will go to the Kingwood Trust, the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and the Samaritans, which are the Mayor's charities this year.

Meanwhile, the Mayor will be hoping for better luck in the elections on May 7.

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