Must be something in the noodles! Restaurant wins Mix 96 pancake race for second year

Noodle Nation won the pancake race
Noodle Nation won the pancake race

Noodle Nation retained their title as the winners of the Mix 96 Pancake Race in Aylesbury this morning.

The four man team got through to the finals to compete against teams from the Hartwell Partnership, Rennie Grove Hospice and Anytime Fitness.

The Mix 96 pancake race, held in Kingsbury, Aylesbury - Pictured is winning team Noodle Nation

The Mix 96 pancake race, held in Kingsbury, Aylesbury - Pictured is winning team Noodle Nation

Waiters Francis Johnson, Sam German, Calum Laird and Liam Jones raced across Kingsbury with skill and dexterity to retain the winning shield.

Francis said: “I raced for the first time this year, it was amazing, so competitive.”

Seventeen teams took part in the Shrove Tuesday race organised by the radio station.

As the sun shone down, and the first races began, presenter Nathan Cooper told the crowd: “Every team will be fighting hard for a place in the final of Bucks Best Tossers.”

And as the winners collected their shield Nathan said: “We promised extreme racing, we gave you extreme racing. Noodle Nation exceeded all expectations.”

With pancakes provided by The Coffee Tree, the teams lined up in all their finery to run across Kingsbury with their frying pans.

Mix 96 breakfast presenter Katy Butler was part of the Mix 96 team and said: “I ran the London Marathon two years ago so I’m under pressure here.”

Sharon Reid, who ran with Lara Wadey, Sarah Raynor and Kelly Knell for the Hartwell Partnership, said: “We’ve been lunging all morning, we’re pretty warmed up. We were runners-up last year so expect to win this year.”

Although that confidence turned out to be misplaced, the ladies did at least get into the final.

The team from Florence Nightingale Hospice was a person down due to illness, but the three ladies who did take part, Karen Shardlow, Isobel Shipp and Sam Heggie, managed the race between them, dressed in pink T-shirts, tutus and fluffy rabbit ears.

Sam said: “I did a lot of warming up at home last night and practised with a tortilla in a frying pan, running between the hallway and the lounge.

“I had a pancake for breakfast, my husband is very good at cooking them, I had one with lemon, sugar and a lot of raisins.”

Other teams taking part in the annual race included Hurst estate agents, the Rotary Club of Aylesbury, the Waterside Theatre, Sportif, Wilkinsons and Friars Square.

The Mix Monster won the mascot race against Heather the hedgehog from Tiggywinkles and ducks from the Waterside Theatre and Aylesbury College.

We’ve got loads more pictures from the pancake race on our Facebook page