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Pancake fever came to Helmdon a bit late this year due to an icy road delaying the traditional Shrove Tuesday celebrations and the village’s new pancake race.

But undeterred locals decided to hold the race on Saturday when the going was slightly less treacherous and over 30 competitors turned out for the somewhat overdue event.

The race, organized by villagers Celia Edmondson and Jane Sleath, was split into an adult section as well as separate children’s and toddler’s competitions.

Entrants in the adult and children’s classes had to toss their pancake a minimum of three times as they completed a hundred yards dash down Helmdon Church Street.

The rules for the toddler’s race were a bit less stringent with the racecourse reduced to ten yards and pancake tossing appeared optional.

Trevor Wardle won a pot plant from Helmdon Harvest services for his first placing in the adult section with Simon Alfandary coming in a very close second.  Helmdon Youth Club took the team prize of a set of mugs donated by the Bell Inn.

In the children’s race nine-year-old Edward Alfandary dominated the field with eight-year-old Thomas Webb and six-year-old Samantha Cashmore coming second and third respectively.  They were all given spending vouchers from the local post office.

Mrs Celia Edmondson said the turnout was very good considering it was the first time the event had been held.

“It has been great fun“, she said.  “Everybody involved seemed to enjoy it very much.”

Proceeds from entrance fees and the refreshments supplied will go for the Crippled Child Charity.

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