CASTLEPOINT boss Peter Matthews took part in the centre’s second annual pancake race from the safety of a “commentator’s box” after pulling a muscle in last year’s challenge.
The popular manager got into the spirit of things, complete with binoculars and cherry-picker, to commentate in a style more often seen at horse racing.
And gathered onlookers were in for a treat as members of staff from several of the centre’s stores raced between New Look and JD Sports – 83 metres to be precise.
Kitted out with frying pans and frozen pancakes from Asda, the hardy racers sprinted down the course, with some being sent back to the start for cheating – at least four tosses of the pancake were required.
Teams taking part were NatWest, M&S, Asda, B&Q and Next with NatWest the eventual winners.
Meanwhile pancake racing returned to the grounds of Wimborne’s famous Minster church as town’s folk enjoyed traditional Shrove Tuesday celebrations.
Young and old put their best foot forward in a sprint around the venerable walls of the church of St Cuthburga.
Crowds of people cheered on the plucky racers, who tossed their pancakes at strategic points around the circuit to avoid disqualification.
Scott Taylor won the adult’s race, lifting the coveted prize of a frying pan inlaid with an engraved silver bottom. Kit Frewin, of Streets Meadow care home, seized victory in the wheelchair class, while Ethan Labouchardier was the winning youngster.
Children from Wimborne First School, Allenbourn Middle School, and Queen Elizabeth’s School were among those who took part in the relay race.