Rugby pancake race 2014: have fun and raise funds

Pancake race'pictured L to R - Martyn Priest, Nigel White ( Rugby Hotel ) & John Nelson
Pancake race'pictured L to R - Martyn Priest, Nigel White ( Rugby Hotel ) & John Nelson

Cross-dressing fun and frolics will return to the town centre next month for the annual pancake race – but it’s for a serious cause.

The event takes place at noon on Tuesday March 4, with women - and men made up to resemble women - invited to take part.

It’s organised by Rugby Rokeby Lions Club, which is using this year’s Shrove Tuesday celebration to raise money for a Liam Corbett, a 36-year-old dad trying to get his life and business back on track following illness and surgery.

Lion Terry Byrne said: “Why not enter - or donate if you are averse to exercise - just for the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped someone overcome their not inconsiderable problems?”

Liam contracted a virulent and almost fatal strain of meningitis in January 2012. The treatment involved him being put into a coma and having all his toes, his right hand and most of his nose amputated. He has also been left deaf in his right ear.

Liam and his wife Ali are trying to raise £15,000 to buy and adapt a vehicle with a trailer, not only to restore Liam’s independence but also to revive his pig roast and barbecue business and to help him pass on his skills to others.



*Call Mike Swan on (01788) 521205, Terry Byrne on (01788) 576011 or John O’Rourke 07904 216762 by Tuesday February 25 to register your entry

Fancy dress is encouraged

*Athletic prowess is not required – a willingness to have fun is more important

*The race is held in Sheep Street, outside the Rugby Hotel (formerly the Three Horseshoes), over a 100m course

*Contestants are to provide their own frying pan, but pancakes will be provided