Historic pancake race set to take to Olney’s streets again

Olney Pancake Race
Olney Pancake Race

THE oldest pancake race in history will be flipping back into Olney next week.

The historic race, which has been held since 1445, will take place on Shrove Tuesday, February 21.

It is open to women over the age of 18 who have lived in the town for more than three months. They have to dress in traditional housewife clothing including head covering, a dress and the obligatory frying pan.

More than 25 women are expected to take part in the contest in Olney Market Place.

The race covers 415 yards, beginning on Olney High Street and finishing midway down Church Lane. The winner is required toss her pancake again when she crosses the finish line.

More than 150 children will take place in the children’s races from 10.30am, while the main race will start at 11.45am. There will be a prize giving ceremony at 1.30pm.

A heated marquee will put on refreshments and hold a pancake tossing competition which will follow the race

One of the race organisers, Ian Ford, said he is hoping more women will enter before the pancake race takes place next week.

He said: “We have received about 24 applications for the race with hopefully more to come before the big day.”