Shrove Tuesday means Pancake Race day in Salisbury!

Shrove Tuesday means Pancake Race day in Salisbury!

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:27am 25th February 2020.

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The 8th annual International Pancake Race is being held in the city once again - with plenty of flips and spills expected!

The event's due to be held in the High Street this morning (Tuesday 25th February).

There'll be a 'pitch inspection' at 9.30am, to make sure the course is safe and ready.

If there's heavy rain, or the conditions aren't just right, the race will be relocated to the Cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral.

Salisbury Pancake Race 2018 2 (Helen Down)
The International Pancake Race in Salisbury had to moved indoors due to bad weather in 2018


It's a quirky way of bringing local businesses and organisations together for a bit of competitive Shrove Tuesday fun.

The Race is also aimed at raising awareness and funds for Salisbury Foodbank.

Here's how it all works: 

  • Teams gather at 10.45am for heats to begin at 11.00am
  • The High Street race will see competitors run from Waterstones to the Trussell Trust shop
  • If the race moves to the Cloisters, it'll be along the Southern side, which is actually 3.34 metres shorter for runners
Pancake day race 2019
The race always out the competitive spirit in local teams
  • Every team will be supplied with a frying pan and pancake to take with them along the course
  • There will be official flipping points along the track and failure to flip will lead to disqualification
  • A series of heats will take place to whittle down the teams to a final race, with the winner being the fastest down the track
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The 2019 final of the Pancake Race in Salisbury

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, and the team with the best fancy dress.

Anyone's welcome to join in the fun and cheer on the teams.

Pancake day race 2019
Fancy dress is actively encouraged for the pancake race in Salisbury
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