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Pancake race raises thousands for Rugby toddler

Rugby Editorial 19th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

PANCAKE racers raised thousands of pounds to help a two-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition on Shrove Tuesday.

A crowd of hundreds gathered in Sheep Street to watch the Rugby Rokeby Lions’ annual ladies pancake race on Tuesday (February 17).

This year’s race raised money to buy a specialised pushchair for young William Lamont, whose condition – Kleefstra Syndrome – means he is 20 per cent above the average weight for his age.

Three ladies heats and a final were raced, with Shareen Smith of Wellingtons Day Nursery crowned the winner.

There was also a special race for men as so many of them entered – but they had to do it in drag!

The charity had not counted the total raised when the Observer went to press, but Vice President Doug Evans said they had easily beaten their target of £2000.

He added that the half-term school holidays had ensured a great turnout, and thanked all who participated.

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Wellingtons Day Nursery runner Shareen Smith romps to an easy victory in the final. Picture by Jon Mullis 07.015.015.rug.jm16 (

Women’s heat number two. Picture by Jon Mullis 07.015.015.rug.jm10 (

Shareen is congratulated by some of the nursery’s toddlers who came to cheer her on… 07.015.015.rug.jm18 (

Hundreds lined Sheep Street in the winter sunshine to watch the annual race. 07.015.015.rug.jm5

The men’s race was far from being a drag. 07.015.015.rug.jm13

Rugby mayor Ramesh Shristava shows the crowds how its done. 07.015.015.rug.jm7

The 2015 Rugby Rokeby Lions pancake race winner Shareen Smith from Wellingtons Day Nursery. Picture by Jon Mullis 07.015.015.rug.jm17 (

The Thornton’s Easter Bunny handed out chocolates to all the children in the crowd – and a few adults too… Picture by Jon Mullis 07.015.015.rug.jm1 (

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