With Rio 2016 looming large on the horizon, MPs, Lords and members of the media are scrambling to follow in the winning footsteps of their Olympic heroes ahead of this year's Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race at the Houses of Parliament. The clash of parliamentary titans, sponsored by Hudgell Solicitors, is set to take place in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, on Shrove Tuesday, February 9 2016 from 10am.
Already participants have been undertaking Olympic levels of training in order to be swift of foot and deft of pan in scooping the Magnificent Tin Cup. Indeed, thanks to the outstanding skill and dexterity demonstrated, there are high hopes by some Race participants that Olympic officials will recognise the sport and that they may yet have the opportunity to represent Queen and country at the Rio Games.
Over in less than the time it takes to boil an egg, MPs are hoping to break their losing streak in recent years thanks to the intense physical training of the 2015 election trail, and some new pancake-flipping techniques being perfected. MPs have not won the race since 2013, with the Media having won in 2015 and the Lords in 2014.
The race, which sees many a flip and twist, is all about raising awareness of the work of the Rehab charity. Through its divisions Momentum, TBG Learning, Haven Enterprises and the Chaseley Trust, Rehab enables disabled people and others who are marginalised to realise their dreams and to live independent and fulfilling lives.
Pancake Race, is bracing herself for what is shaping up to be a "batter" to the finish line:
"While the European referendum battle looms large on the horizon, there is only one contest that is on the minds of the movers and shakers in Westminster and that is the intensely-fought Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race. As Official Starter, my job is to ensure fair play for the good eggs and to call time on any flipping tossers! Of course, it's all for a brilliant cause in supporting Rehab and its work with disabled people and I'd encourage people to come along and to lend their support in whatever way they can. A huge draw for tourists who flock to the event to 'egg' on the participants, and covered by the media from all corners of the earth—from Australia and the USA, to Vietnam and Saudi Arabia—it's a whole lot more entertaining than the EU referendum, or your pancake back!"
For more information on the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, visit www.parliamentarypancakerace.co.uk, follow on facebook.com/RehabParliamentaryPancakeRace and on twitter @flip4rehab using the hashtag #RehabPancakeRace