New champions are crowned as competitive pancake day race is held in Lowestoft
- Credit: Nick Butcher
There were new winners in the annual Lowestoft Pancake Day race as a team of three nuns flipped their way to the overall crown.
Nuns On The Run, representing the Lowestoft Players, were cheered across the finish line in what turned out to be a competitive and fun-filled session of races.
This year the judges were forced into making some tough decisions early on, with pancakes falling and hats not being worn – all under the watchful eye of the pigeons and seagulls who attempted to swoop on any mishaps.
The mascot race opened proceedings with some entertaining heats allowing Woody Bear from Pleasurewood Hills, Access Ant of Access Community Trust and Ritchie from Richardson's Family Bowl to contest the final.
With the windy conditions possibly proving a decisive factor, both Woody and Access Ant dropped their pancakes, resulting in a debut win for Ritchie – with jubilant celebrations ensuing, including a crowd-pleasing cartwheel.
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It was then the turn of the 20 teams of three, representing businesses and organisations across the area, to take to the town centre course.
Each competitor was required to wear a blue and white chef's hat, and complete one lap of the course each – flipping their pancakes on two separate occasions.
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The heats then got underway with plenty of thrills and spills along the way.
Defending champions The Wilko Flippers were knocked out at the semi-final stage, meaning a new team would be written into Pancake Day folklore.
The final, between Graphitoss, The Joseph Conrads, Town Centre Tots and Nuns On The Run was fiercely contested.
After the Graphitoss team, who sailed through the heats, dropped their pancake on the first leg, it was left to the nuns - consisting of Suzie Kingston, Simon Warren and Howie Forster - to sprint to victory.
Ms Forster said: 'We were limbering up beforehand and did our warm-ups which was a huge factor this year.
'We have entered every year and it is about time we won. I think someone was looking over us, we definitely said our prayers.'
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