Preventing homelessness in Reading

Pancake Race

Batter it out on Broad Street!

Registration has now closed as all team spaces have been filled. But you can still join us on Broad Street at 12.30pm to watch the race in action!

The annual Launchpad Pancake Race is an eggstraordinary event that has seen local businesses don fancy dress and flip pancakes down Broad Street every Shrove Tuesday for over 20 years.

Teams of four are egged on by cheering crowds of spectators as they relay race, and compete for the coveted frying pan trophy and top prize. There are also prizes for second and third place, best dressed, team spirit and the most funds raised for Launchpad.

This year, all money raised at Launchpad’s Pancake Race will help open Reading’s first work and life skills centre so vulnerable people can rebuild their lives.

Date: Shrove Tuesday -Tuesday 25 February 2020

Registration time: 11.45am at Broad Street Mall

Race start time: 12.30pm on Broad Street

Entry fee: £95 a team

Fancy dress

Whether you rock up as superheroes,  space hoppers or suffragettes – (almost) anything goes at Launchpad’s Pancake Race when it comes to fancy dress. We’ve had traffic cones, Jamaican bobsleigh athletes, bridal wear, barristers and morph suits – and that was just last year!


The triumphant team at Launchpad’s Pancake Race 2020 don’t just get the coveted frying pan trophy and the adoration of the people of Reading – they also each receive a night’s stay at pentahotels with breakfast!

Other prizes include breakfast at Novotel for the best team spirit, Clas Ohlson UK vouchers for second and third place, Fun ‘n’ Frolic vouchers for the best fancy dress, and tapas and a drink at Revolucion de Cuba Reading for the team who fundraises the most for Launchpad.

What is involved?

Your team registers at Broad Street Mall before joining the Pancake Race parade to the start line on Broad Street. You will then take part in a series of relay races in knock-out heats, tossing pancakes along the way. The winning team are the first over the finish line, without dropping their pancakes.


If you’re not running in the Pancake Race but fancy spending your lunch break watching local businesses in fancy dress battling it out with a frying pan – join us on Broad Street! We’ll be located at the Broad Street Mall end of Broad Street and the first race begins at 12.30pm.


We would love your help to register teams on the day, bucket collect and monitor the participating team’s pancake flips! If you would like to get involved, please email for more details.

Curious to find out more? Check out our photos from 2019!