‘If I can just catch this pancake, maybe I’ll win the race!’

ON THE MOVE Francesca Strand during the pancake racing at Redlands Primary School in Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120611-139)
ON THE MOVE Francesca Strand during the pancake racing at Redlands Primary School in Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120611-139)
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IT WAS a flipping fantastic time for the children of Redlands Primary School on pancake day.

The 300 youngsters from the Fareham school took part in a series of races in a bid to win the coveted golden frying pans.

BIG DAY Pupils at Redlands School yesterday.  (120611-418)

BIG DAY Pupils at Redlands School yesterday. (120611-418)

And as they took turns in negotiating the obstacle course – doing the slalom, skipping through hoops and jumping the bunny hops – they tossed the fake pancakes with glee, while being cheered on by their classmates.

But only three classes could emerge victorious in the relay races, organised by the Friends of Redlands PTA group, classes, five, six and 10.

Morgan Gascoigne, eight, said: ‘I’ve lost my voice from screaming so much.

‘I found it tricky to flip the pancakes. I tried it at home with daddy but I wasn’t very good, I kept throwing it too high.

‘This is one of my favourite events of the year.’

Megan Jones, six, from victorious class five, said: ‘It was amazing but it’s so difficult.

‘It was so fast, I thought I was going to fall over.’

Mathilda Howat, seven added: ‘It’s not about winning when you do the pancake races, it’s about taking part and having lots of fun.’

Joy Smith, chairwoman of the Friends, said: ‘The children get so excited and have so much fun – they go for it. And it’s a special day, we love doing it for the children.

‘The amount of enjoyment I get seeing them do it and competing is what makes it so great.

‘It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity with the children and raise money for them throughout the year so we can put other things on for them.’

Headteacher Kevin Harcombe said: ‘We do all the multicultural stuff which is important, but we tend to forget our own British traditions.

‘We have been doing this for the last few years now and the children make a really big thing about it.

‘I remember taking part in pancake races as a kid and I loved them. It’s one of those things which will die out if you don’t keep promoting it.’