What is the most important ability when making a pancake? The right balance of ingredients for the mixture? Your high class flipping technique?

No, it would be your ability to race through a crowded marketplace, frying pan in hand, ensuring the pancake inside does not topple out.

That is what pancake makers were competing at in Greenwich Market today (February 13) as part of general Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

Competitors raced down the market with their frying pan gripped tightly in one hand, testing to see which of them could continue flipping the pancake while maintaining their speed.

The race was all done in aid of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, and there was even a special race for Valentine’s Day as well, with medals for the winners.