Steve Brown is High Bailiff of Alcester Court Leet, who organise the races each year.

“It’s been one of the best ever,” he said. “Beautiful weather, huge turnout and a record number of races.

“It’s a tradition that goes back many years, and just another example of Alcester being a great festival town.”

The first race of the day was for toddlers, won by four-year-old Ewan Doherty. (Scroll down for a full list of winners).

Beaming afterwards, his mum Tracy said: “He’s so happy, he’s been talking about it all week!”

But as the runners got older, the competition got fiercer. Waddling toddlers holding mothers’ hands were followed by sprinting pre-teens. Mandatory pancake flips were an added dimension introduced for the older children.

First, second, and third places were rewarded with Easter eggs, provided by sponsors Simply Fresh – the popular independent convenience store on the High Street.

Winners were also handed a certificate, something to be proud of round these parts.

There was a relaxed but noisy atmosphere on what is one of the town’s most enjoyable days.

One Court Leet member joked he was going to randomly drug-test the children for Haribo. Not surprising considering the speed of the runners and the noise of their supporters.

Earlier, teachers at The Croft Preparatory School in Stratford-upon-Avon held a three-legged relay pancake race in their playground.

The four members from St Andrews house won, although that’s hardly surprising considering they had a former Coventry City FC captain on their team, PE teacher Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.

The rest of the winning team was made up of Year 4 teachers Sally Challis and Angela Mills, and School Director Sam Thornton.

In Warwick, the Rotary Club organised over 30 pancake races in Market Place for 200 local schoolchildren.

After a whopping 29 heats, there were two finals, won by Year 2 pupils from Newburgh Primary School and Year 6 pupils from Coten End Primary School.

Each child got a crème egg for taking part, and the winners were given Easter eggs donated by Tesco.

The Lazy Cow restaurant supplied hot pancakes to the crowd, and this year adult teams had a go at racing.

Rotary President Michael Swaby said: “This is a nice way to keep a tradition alive and for the children to learn about the meaning of Easter.

“This is one of the events we arrange for the local community and we are delighted that local businesses have joined in this year”

Mayor of Warwick, Bob Dhillon, centre, with Sarah Wrist from Tesco, presenting the prizes to the Year 2 team from Newburgh.

Full list of winners from Alcester Pancake Races


Ewan Doherty

Rosalie Winter-Olner

George Clark

Alex Burns

Jude Alexander


Luke Clemens – Our Lady's Catholic Primary School

Millie Hughes – Our Lady's

Mike Okonski – Our Lady's

Kian Charnock – Our Lady's

Jess Stevens – St Nicholas C E Primary School

Courtney Gilbert – St Nicholas

Ben Simpson – St Nicholas

Abi Smith – St Nicholas


Kyle Campbell – St Benedict's Catholic High School

Will Baxter – Alcester Grammar School

Ruby Smith – Alcester Grammar School


Alcester Grammar – School relay

The Turks Head – Pub relay