Shop staff, and town managers will be taking part in the English tradition of Pancake Races on Shrove Tuesday (12 February). The fun event – part of “Heart Month” is being run to promote awareness and raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Organiser Graham Long, Gravesend’s Town Centre Manager, himself a keen runner has already got both shopping centre managers involved from Thamesgate and St George’s, staff from the Grand and other shops and Tim Campbell MBE from NRG GYM who was winner of the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice.

The races will be overseen by the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Lyn Milner who will be at the finish line with the chequered flag.

Each entrant will receive a commemorative certificate – sponsored by
Spectators are invited to come along to support the fun run at around 11.30am in the gated area of New Road.

Some fun facts about Pancakes*
o Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on Shrove Tuesday for around a 1,000 years.
o Pancakes can be found in many cultures around the world, although they might not use the same ingredients as our pancakes, they are generally similar in taste and texture.
o Maple syrup, which goes well with pancakes, is actually a tree sap that comes from the maple tree, found mostly in Canada.
o The French often make a wish while turning the pancake during the cooking process, while holding a coin in the other hand.
o The first recipe for pancakes was in a 15th century English cookbook.
o The world’s largest pancake was cooked in Rochdale in 1994. It was around 15 metres in diameter, weighed three tons and had a whopping two million calories.
o Pancake tossing can be considered a funny sport, one such person ran a marathon while continuously tossing a pancake for three hours.
o William Shakespeare loved pancakes so much he mentioned them in his plays.