Specsavers' Reading team takes home the title at the annual Reading Pancake Race for a third year in a row.

A flipping great race for all

The cheering crowds egged on the frying pan wielding teams at the Reading Pancake Race. Spurred on by a strong crowd, 26 teams took to their marks on Shrove Tuesday in a battle to steal the crown from the sharp-eyed Specsavers team, which has wiped the flour with its competitors for three years in a row.

Zombie team talks hat trick

The zombie-themed team of Jordan Casciello, Akhona Mwellie, Kera Stewart and Aiden McKee made it through heats to take the coveted engraved frying pan and shield – the first team to win a hat trick of victories.

Egg-static Akhona said: ‘We are buzzing and so happy to have beaten the competition to win again. Me and Jordan raced last year so it feels great to get the double.’

Jordan continued: ‘It’s a fantastic event for the whole town but more importantly it’s for a great cause.’

All for a good cause

The race was in aid of Launchpad Reading, a charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. It began as a soup kitchen 35 years ago but now works to provide accommodation, support, education and counselling to people in the town who need help.

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