Preventing Homelessness in Reading

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.

Shrove Tuesday 2017

32 teams of four in fancy dress from businesses in and around Reading battered it out in the Launchpad annual Pancake Race in Broad St on Tuesday 28th February. Egged on by cheering crowds a flipping eggstraordinary £4,200 was raised from entry fees, sponsorship and a bucket collection on the day.

Reading Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Ayub, led a parade of the teams from the Broad Street Mall to the race on Broad Street in time for the race start at 12.30pm.

Each team flipped pancakes up and down the relay track, each team member had to complete a minimum of three flips, until the heats were eventually whittled down to the final three.

Eggciting final

Field Seymour Parkes Solicitors won the eggciting final, MFG finished runners-up with Davis Tate in third place.

Calcot Services for Children raised over £500 in sponsorship and yet again were deserving winners of the Team Spirit Award.

Topsy Turvey Ted the mascot from the Broad Street Mall won Best Fancy Dress for his sterling effort during his leg of the pancake relay.

Last year’s winners Blandy & Blandy took a tumble in their semi final but were magnanimous in their defeat. “Congratulations to the winners – Field Seymour Parkes – our reigning champions are happy to pass the baton for this year. The Reading Pancake Race is a great annual event, bringing local businesses together and raising much needed funds for a local charity. Congratulations to the organisers and everyone who supported today’s event.” Said Blandy & Blandy’s David Lamont.

Field Seymour Parkes were very happy with their win. “We enter every year and came in second last year to Blandy & Blandy so it was quite nice to beat them this time around!

“It’s all great fun, Launchpad are one of our clients and we work with them throughout the year and want to show them our support.”

Richard Tweed one of the Field Seymour Parkes team revealed places in the Solicitors race team are highly sought after. “I have been working for the firm for two and a half years and I have been waiting for my call up to the pancake team for all of that time. I thought this was going to be my year and I was right.”

Read more about the event and watch the final here >

See all the photos from the race here >

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored, spectated and volunteered at the Pancake Race.

Partnered by

The Reading Chronicle and JACKfm

Sponsored by

Reading BID, Clas Ohlson, The Oracle, John Lewis, Broad Street Mall, Cote Brasserie, Sainsbury’s, Revolucion de Cuba, Novotel Reading and Artigiano.


Pancake Day 2018

When: Tuesday 13 February 2018. Racing starts at 12.30pm

Where: Broad Street

Why: it’s fun and all proceeds help us prevent homelessness in the town

Entry £50 per team

Look out for a registration form and more information later in the year. If you want to get in touch in the meantime contact Sophie Adele Stokes, email or call 0118 928 1121.