FANTASTIC flippers and tremendous tossers were out in full force on Tuesday for the annual Launchpad Pancake Race.

Teams donned their best fancy dress and competed in series of eggciting heats to help raise money for the homeless charity on Broad Street.

Spectators braved the wet weather and a strict walking-only rule was followed studiously by race master Jason McMahon, who was not afraid to disqualify the runners.

Launchpad patron and X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson was on hand to get the races underway, with Blandy & Blandy taking home first place.

The solicitor firm fought off fierce competition, beating teams from John Lewis and Red King Resourcing in the final.

Stuart Rose from the winning team said: "The fast walking made it very entertaining. There were some very interesting tactics today.

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"This was my third year so I am actually a veteran of the Pancake Race. There was a lot of talk about technique beforehand and the walking rule made it a controversial year."

A total of 34 teams entered the 2018 race and every runner had to flip their pancake at least three times before making their way across the finish line.

Buzz Gym were worthy winners of the Best Fancy Dress in the cold and rain in their Tarzan-inspired costumes and Thames Valley Police won the Team Spirit Award.

Ian Caren, CEO of Launchpad, added: “The annual pancake race is a great fun event for Launchpad and the teams that take part.

"Homelessness is complex, from rough sleepers to the hidden homeless at risk of eviction, sofa surfers and single parents and families living in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation."

Make sure you pick up a copy of this week's Reading Chronicle for pictures of all the teams.

Email: or call 0118 950 7656 if you would like to help Launchpad with future fundraising events.