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Launchpad Pancake Race

The annual Launchpad Reading pancake race an eggstraordinary event that has been run on Broad Street for over 20 years. Teams from local businesses batter it out, egged on by cheering crowds.

Pancake Day 2019, Tuesday 5 March

Our next event is the Launchpad Pancake Race, Shrove Tuesday 5 March 2019. Teams from local businesses batter it out to win the coveted frying pan trophy at this eggstraordinary event!

Look out for more details coming soon or get in touch to register your interest early, email

Pancake Day 2018

34 teams from businesses in and around Reading, from Castle Vets to Deloitte took part in 12 heats, whittled down to a final of three teams. Due to adverse weather conditions on Broad Street teams had to walk rather than run, but still flip their pancake at least three times each relay leg. Commvault and Vistra were even disqualified for running rather than walking!

Watch the heats here >

Blandy & Blandy, Red King Resourcing and John Lewis battered it out in the closest eggciting final in memory. 2016 winners Blandy & Blandy were crowned Winners again of the coveted frying pan trophy, Runners-up were Red King Resourcing and in Third place were John Lewis.

Watch coverage of the final here >

Buzz Gym were worthy winners of the Best Fancy Dress in the cold and rain in their tarzan inspired costumes and Thames Valley Police won the Team Spirit Award.

Official photos from the day here >

Thank you to everyone who took part in such chilly and wet conditions and to everyone who came and supported on the day.

The race was booked up early this year, if you’d like to reserve your place for Shrove Tuesday 2019 on 5 March email or call 0118 928 1121.

Partnered by The Reading Chronicle

Sponsored by Reading BID, Clas Ohlson, The Oracle, John Lewis, Broad Street Mall, Cote Brasserie, Revolucion de Cuba, Novotel Reading, Artigiano and Grandesco.