With pancakes at the ready, 80 runners entered the pancake day races around Wimborne Minster on Shrove Tuesday.

From toddlers to traders, the Wimborne community came out in force to keep the annual tradition alive. Twenty races later – with the remnants of pancakes adorning the course – winners were declared for the five categories catering for all comers.

Organiser Anthony Oliver sporting a chef’s hat said: “:Once again we were very fortunate with the weather. Shrove Tuesday was very early this year and the forecast was not good.

“There were entries for each category which was wonderful and everybody had a lot of fun.”

The biggest cheer of the day went to students from Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne for their sporting gesture in the upper school finals. Alex Binks, aged 14 from Beaucroft Foundation School was first across the line with the QE students encouraging him all the way. He was one of 22 students from Beaucroft in Colehill who entered the races.

The first schools’ race was won by Jodie, from year four at Wimborne First while 10 yea-old Dante Dunbadin took the honours for middle school aged racers.

Philip Goymer from Savills estate agents in Wimborne won the adult race.

Wheelchair competitors Violet Carter and Enid Davies, both in their 90s, crossed the line at the same time, winning an enormous bag of birdseed which will attract birds to the garden at Stoneleigh House care home in Wimborne where they live.

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