Pancake win no flash in the pan

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Devon Byrne has proved she is queen of the Olney Pancake Race after winning the event for the third year in a row.

The now famous race attracted hundreds of supporters and also the attention of ITV’s Daybreak programme as women lined up for the historic event, which has been running since 1445.

It is believed the world famous event all began with a townswoman late for the Shriving service at Olney parish church.

Hearing the church bells ring out for the service, the woman fled her house fearful of being late. She ran the distance down the High Street to make it to the parish church – still clutching her frying pan and wearing an apron.

Devon, who competes in the heptathlon for MK Athletics Club, has now been forced to retire from competing in the race after winning it for a third time, just as her mother did in 1988, 1989 and 1993.

The ladies of Olney compete against their peers in Liberal, Kansas, every year. The friendly competition is in its 65th year.

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “Being a resident of Olney, I can say that there is no place I would rather be than to be involved in such an important moment in the town’s calendar.”

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