Launchpad’s annual Pancake Race will return today February 13.

Now is the time to rally your team and to see if you have what it takes to lift this year’s coveted frying-pan trophy, whilst entertaining Reading shoppers and workers as you do so.

The event will run from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and will meet on Broad Street.

Supported by Reading Town BID, teams of four will show off their fancy dress and flip pancakes as they race the legendary Launchpad route on Broad Street, for the right to be declared our 27th anniversary winners.

As well as the coveted frying pan trophy and the adoration of the people of Reading for the winners, there are also prizes for second and third place, best team spirit, best fancy dress, and best fundraising team.

All the money raised from this event will fund Launchpad’s essential work with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in Reading.

This includes supported housing; a free drop-in service for anyone in housing crisis; and a work and life skills centre so clients can build confidence, learn new skills, and get back into work.

2023’s winners – a team from creative agency TMW - beat 35 teams to take top prize in their electric-blue shell suits.

Over the last 26 years we’ve had clowns, bananas, dinosaurs, chickens, fast food, and astronauts (and many others) all scramble for first place.

Launchpad’s fundraising manager Fiona Keyte said:

“Launchpad’s annual Pancake Race is always a highly anticipated event on the town calendar and is thoroughly enjoyed by all; whether you are taking part or spectating, it really is a sight to behold!

"The ever-creative costumes and Olympic-standard competition make it cracking good fun!

We’re very much a local charity working in close partnership with the Reading community, and the ongoing support we receive from local businesses is hugely appreciated.

"Pancake Race is a wonderful way for people to get involved and join in with this incredible sense of community spirit.”