VIDEO: record fundraising year for Rugby pancake race

It was a record year at the Rugby pancake race with more money raised than ever before.

Around 40 people took part in the annual ladies charity fancy dress pancake race, organised by the Rugby Rokeby Lions Club.

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Women - and some men dressed as women - assembled at the start line at the top of Sheep Street at midday on Tuesday.

Among those taking part were Cllr Tony Gillias, Mayor of Rugby, and Peter Ormerod, deputy editor at the Rugby Advertiser.

It was the first time that a male mayor had taken part in the fundraiser.

The star participant on the day was Liam Corbett, a 36-year-old dad of two from Rugby.

The money raised from the Shrove Tuesday event will be donated to Liam who is trying to get his life and business back on track after becoming ill with meningitis.

Liam, who is a chef, spent two months in hospital and had to have his right hand amputated, as well as all his toes and the majority of his nose.

He is also partially deaf and has undergone several operations.

Following the race, Liam - who took part in the race on a mobility scooter - said: “My aim is to run this race next year.”

After five heats in front of a large spectator crowd, the winner was declared as Kati Bridges from Brethertons solicitors, who was dressed as a chef.

She was awarded with a trophy and a shield during the prize-giving ceremony at the end.

Organisers from the Lions said they were thrilled with the turnout of the event this year - adding that it had been a record year that was on track to raise around £1,500 for Liam and other charities.

Cllr Gillias said: “Liam is looking to the future and we’re all here to support him.”