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Every Shrove Tuesday, Olney's women have the chance to run the world famous Olney Pancake Race - an event which is traced back to 1445 according to legend, though the historians dispute it!

The race starts at 11.55 am outside The Bull Inn.Children from Olney schools will run their own races earlier in the day. And we also compete against the women of Liberal, Kansas, USA in an international race!

Our archive reports give a flavour of the day. 

 

Pancake Race Origins

What Olney's world famous for...the ORIGINAL pancake race. It has been running since 1445. There are many stories as to how it began...

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 Location: in Olney

 

 

 
 

 

Race for juniors flippers

Children from Olney Middle School and Olney Infants School took part in their own pancake races...

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Shriving service

The traditional Shriving service follows the race.

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