Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Pancake Race

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

Pancake Race


Get involved on Shrove Tuesday 2017

Flip! Teams from local businesses will be running down Broad Street in fancy dress on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Teams of four will batter it out, egged on by cheering crowds, to win the coveted frying pan trophy. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best Fancy Dress and a Team Spirit Award.

When: Tuesday 28 February 2017. 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

The race is now full for 2017!

Join us to watch the race on Shrove Tuesday. Spectators are encouraged to be on Broad Street by Waterstones from midday. The teams will parade from Broad St Mall led by the Mayor Cllr Mohammed Ayub and racing starts at 12.30pm. Teams take part in heats in fancy dress, flipping pancakes up and down Broad Street… a minimum of three flips per person. Until the teams are whittled down to a final of three. It’s a great fun event to spectate.

If you need any further information contact Ele Buckley, email or call 0118 928 1121

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.

What happened last year!

The Best Fancy Dress prize was won by Huntswood for their eggscellent pancake inspired costumes which included a giant whisk and carton of milk!

The Team Spirit Award was won by Calcot Services for Children for the second year running, for raising over £500 for Launchpad.

Blandy and Blandy battered it out to win the final and were crowned winners of the Launchpad Pancake Race 2016. Vodafone were runners up with Field Seymour Parkes in third place.

Over £2,500 was raised through entry fees, a bucket collection on the day and teams including Davis Tate, Blandy and Blandy, Huntswood, Vodafone, RSSL, Microsoft and Calcot Services for Children setting up JustGiving pages and collecting donations.

All the action captured on video

Muddy Face kindly filmed the event again, you can view the full coverage here:

Launchpad Pancake Race Video 2016 > 

You can see photos from the 2016 Pancake Race here >



Pancake Race preparation