When I first heard the term "Pancake Race", I thought it was an eating contest

It is not. According to Yahoo! News – Oddly Enough, American Jill Wettstein won a “trans-Atlantic pancake race”, beating out the British winner, Andrea Rawlings.

Rawlings was the fastest in a field of 26 apron-clad contestants between ages 20 and 73, who ran from the Olney market place to the local church while carrying a pancake in a frying pan.

The women are required to flip their pancakes before the start of the race and at the end to prove they haven’t dropped the pancakes.


Legend has it that the Olney race started in 1445 when a harassed housewife, rushing to be on time for church, arrived at the service still clutching her frying pan with a pancake in it.

A beautiful, honorable sport.