Char­ity flip­pers go wild for pan­cake race crown

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

PAN­CAKES were fly­ing around Mar­ket Place as teams bat­tled it out to be crowned king of the flip­pers at the an­nual pan­cake race.

The event is or­gan­ised in aid of Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s char­ity ECHO – which helps fund up-to-date equip­ment, treat­ment and staff across the East Cheshire NHS Trust ser­vice.

Eigh­teen teams of four com­peted to be the fastest to run up and down Ch­ester­gate while toss­ing a pan­cake, but it was a team from Clean­ing 4 Causes who were the fastest flip­pers.

Fiona Doorey, head of fundrais­ing for ECHO, said: “The day went re­ally well de­spite the chal­lenges we faced with the snow, freez­ing rain and gust­ing winds.

“The pan­cake race has gone from strength to strength since we started run­ning it for ECHO in 2014 and we had a record 18 teams en­ter this year – some of them had to can­cel be­cause of travel is­sues caused by the snow, how­ever Cheshire East Coun­cil did a great job of grit­ting the course so it was safe for the race to go ahead and Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil kindly pro­vided us with a mar­quee which gave some much-needed shel­ter from the el­e­ments.

“The teams were great sports tak­ing part, even though some of their out­fits didn’t pro­vide the best in­su­la­tion from the snow, and ev­ery­one cer­tainly had lots of fun.

“We are grate­ful to ev­ery­one who sup­ported us and hope the event helped to fur­ther raise aware­ness of ECHO – the of­fi­cial char­ity of East Cheshire NHS Trust which raises money for lo­cal NHS ser­vices in­clud­ing those pro­vided at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.”

Join­ing Clean­ing 4 Causes in the win­ners’ en­clo­sure was a team from Big Brand Ideas, who earned the best fancy dress ti­tle.

Pete Turner, clerk from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, which also en­tered Team 2017 in the race, said: “It’s great to see the hard work of ECHO de­liv­er­ing yet an­other great Pan­cake Race.

“De­spite the weather, run­ners and spec­ta­tors braved the el­e­ments and ev­ery­one en­joyed the races and joined in with the spirit of the event. It was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to see that so many of those tak­ing part put a lot of ef­fort in to their cos­tumes.

“Our thanks go out to ev­ery­one who took part and took the time to sup­port the event and we are sure that ECHO will con­tinue to re­ceive the full sup­port from the com­mu­nity of Mac­cles­field.”

From left: The teams from Big Brand Ideas, who won best fancy dress, Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors and Mac­cles­field branch of Prime Global

Mya Wy­att and John Gart­land from Clean­ing 4 Causes with the Mayor, Coun Alift Hare­wood

‘Team 2017’, from left, Coun Martin Hardy, Har­riet Wor­rell, He­lena Gowler and Coun Adam Schofield

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