Flipping good fun
A flipping amazing pancake race took place in Gravesend today –
with Gravesend Messenger reporter Lizzie Massey battering the
About 40 people took part including staff from Asda, Discount
UK, Tesco, the Gravesend Messenger, both shopping centre managers
from Thamesgate and St George’s, NRG Gym, staff from the Grand
healthy living centre as well as TV’s Apprentice winner Tim
Graham Long, town centre manager said: “It was tremendous fun.
It’s the first time we’ve done it in years and it’d be great to do
it every year. We had a good number of competitors and we raised
nearly £100 with bucket collections.
“It’s good to see so many people out having a good time. I’d
just like to say thank you to everyone who took part in this
“Everyone showed great spirit, fun, camaraderie, and just a
little competitive edge.”
It was due to be streamed live by Gravesham council in one of
its first plans to screen live events via the internet.
Unfortunately technical difficulties meant the race wasn’t
Over five heats, competitors tossed their pancakes in frying
pans along the route from Tesco down to McDonald’s.
Shafiq Ahmed, the founder of NRG Gym spondored the event. The
gym will be opening in the old Gala Bingo site at the end of New
Road in the coming weeks.
The final race saw our Lizzie, dressed as a cheerleader and
spurred on by support from other Messenger staff, clinch victory
after the first two over the line were disqualified for not
flipping their pancakes.
Money raised will go to the British Heart Foundation.
Lizzie said: “I was so excited. I was really honoured to have
received my certificate from the mayor and she even waved my
Chief reporter Thom Morris, in the guise of the fourth Doctor
actor Tom Baker, had to console himself with a certificate all
competitors were given for taking part.
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