Eggstra-flipping fun at Buckingham Pancake Races

There was a fine turnout of runners for this year’s Buckingham’s Great Pancake Race.  On Tuesday 22nd February, keen competitors wearing aprons and carrying frying pans hurled themselves across the green next to St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Buckingham. It was the windiest pancake race in living memory; for once the challenge was to keep pancakes in the pans for fear they would be blown away.

Town Crier, Russell Cross and the Mayor of Buckingham, Councillor Margaret Gateley, introduced the event after a two-year break from the event due to covid.  Councillor Robin Stuchbury carried out a trial run to remind the first racers – children aged 5 & under - what they would need to do.

An enormous amount of fun was had by all, with winners taking away chocolate eggs and trophies.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury, said “It was a tremendous day of many races. The ultimate achievement was finishing regardless of where the runners placed. The older you get, the further the finish line seems!

It was lovely to see so many young people turn out for this traditional event, thanks to everyone who took part, helped set up or pack away. I look forward to next year – with a little less wind, we’ll get those pancakes flipping again.

Winners:

Age 5 & under:

  • 1st - Willow
  • 2nd – Wilf
  • 3rd – Samuel

AGE 6 - 11 CATEGORY:

  • 1st - Robert
  • 2nd – John
  • 3rd – Rosie

Adult category:

  • 1st - Hideki
  • 2nd – Ade
  • 3rd – Robin

Team category:

  • 1st – Hideki and Naoki
  • 2nd – Ade and Robin
Junior pancake racers with the Town Crier
young children race with frying pans
Age 5 & under winners on the podium
Age 6 - 11 winners receive their prizes
Adults running with frying pans