The intrepid Chartered Surveyor’s Livery Pancake Team (CSLPT) comprising David Mann disguised as “the Gherkin”, Laura Wardell as our star athlete, David Reynolds as the brains and myself as the dead weight anchor, performed miracles at this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race at Guildhall.
In the Masters race I carefully positioned myself in joint last place so as to add tension to the other races given that a low rating could well disqualify us for next year, such is the competition to gain entry in to the event with the result that there were qualifying heats for next years race! Fortunately David Mann was a winner, David Reynolds came second and Laura Wardell won by a mile but lost her hat in her desperate lunge for the finishing line and was immediately taken into the stewards enclosure to be checked over.
Coached by our experienced and hard edged Clerk, Amanda Jackson, we were whipped in to shape with a 10 minute team talk focussing on “how not to fall over”. Clearly, the briefing worked as although there were casualties our team completed each race without injury and the vet was not brought out to dispatch anyone with an untreatable fetlock breakage.
The aggressiveness of each race took my breath away but the heavy cast iron frying pans we were holding ensured that distance between the Liveries was maintained in the defined lanes with only one or two scuffles breaking out. The big confrontation came at the end of the novelty race as the bearded male ballerina had found some admirers in the audience, not least the Deputy Sheriff who were keen to make his acquaintance. As he won the Lord Mayors prize for the best novelty appearance he clearly was in strong demand.
The ultimate sacrifice on a day of bravery and exertion beyond normal human limits was made by myself as Master and the Clerk who were unable to attend the splendid lunch that followed as we had to wearily make our way to Apothecaries’ Hall in time for our afternoon of committee meetings.
For those who study form and may have well visited Bet Fred earlier to place some dough on an accumulator on the outcome of the pancake races results, they are as below:
THE MASTERS’ QUALIFYING RACE
TOBACCO PIPE MAKERS AND TOBACCO BLENDERS
SOCIETY OF YOUNG FREEMEN
THE MASTERS’ RACE
TYLERS AND BRICKLAYERS
THE LIVERY RACE
THE LADIES RACE
THE NOVELTY RACE
TYLERS AND BRICKLAYERS
Graham F. Chase Master