CHILDREN, adults and pancake lovers had a flipping good time at this year's Great Wallingford Pancake Race.

Children and grown-ups turned up at Wallingford Market Place from just after 9am this morning for the beloved annual tradition.

Participants were encouraged to bring their own pancake and a pan to the Shrove Tuesday event, but these pancakes were not for eating.

Resisting the urge to eat them the people of Wallingford raced with the pancakes balanced in their frying pans and attempted to not let them fall flat on the floor.

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The kids’ race was at 10am and shortly after the adults’ race started at 10.15am. Children had to run one lap around the Market Place and adults had to run a little further and ran five laps.

Wallingford Mayor Lee Upcraft has been a regular at the pancake day ever since he started as a councillor.

He said: “I didn’t take part in the race, but I was there on the starting line. We had a really good turn out and lots of grown-ups and family members were there for support, we had loads of cheering and a good atmosphere.

“We had children from three of our Wallingford schools – Fir Tree Junior School, St Johns Junior and St Nicholas Junior school.”

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A fancy-dress theme is chosen each year and this year it was Toy Story. Many participants dressed for the occasion and came as characters from the film.

In keeping with the Toy Story theme, the event was in support of the Wallingford toy bank.

However, some regular contestants dressed in their own wacky outfits including a woman dressed as Little Bo Peep and a man who ran dressed as a grizzly bear.

Mr Upcraft said: “There was an adults’ race and Ivy was dressed as Little Bo Peep, she is well into her 80s and she has been doing the race for 50 plus years.”

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In total the event saw seven pancake races around the Market Place and the winner of each won a medal.

The event was sponsored by Rowse honey, which has its headquarters in the town, and winners also received a pot of Rowse honey each.

Once the race had finished the contestants were finally allowed to tuck into some pancakes.