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Alive Leisure storm to victory in Vancouver Quarter pancake racing challenge

The winning team:  Alive Leisure
The winning team: Alive Leisure Photos: Paul Tibbs

Eight teams from businesses and organisations around King’s Lynn battled it out to be crowned the best flippers in town today.

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The annual event was the first Vancouver Quarter Business Challenge of 2015 and drew a large crowd in St Dominic’s square after the flipping action began at 1pm.

The team from Alive Leisure, which runs the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Lynnsport, St James Pool, Downham Leisure Centre, and the Oasis at Hunstanton, beat a youthful team from Ward Gethin Archer in the grand final to take the crown – or in this case, an engraved frying pan.

Wilkinson and Primark finished third and fourth respectively. Sainsbury’s, west Norfolk radio station KLFM, Beales and Burger King completed the list of participants and also competed in a “wooden spoon” competition, which was won by Burger King.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Pancake Racing challenge and to Sainsbury’s for providing the frying pans and pancakes,” said Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant David Blackmore. “It was a brilliant event – despite the overcast and chilly conditions – and I was pleased to see so many members of the public line the course to cheer on the teams.”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, added: “We started the business challenges in 2013 as a way for, not only businesses in the Vancouver quarter to get out and meet other retailers, but also other businesses in the wider town. As a retailer it’s often difficult to get out during the day, so these challenges offer light relief as well as the chance to talk to one another.”

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Despite narrowly missing out on winning the challenge by a matter of seconds, Ward Gethin Archer could take some consolation from the fact their team secured the quickest time overall with 47 seconds in their semi final against Primark. Alive Leisure and Burger King also clocked impressive times of 48 seconds during the course of the challenge.

To commemorate their success, Alive Leisure will soon be presented with an engraved frying pan thanks to Timpson, located within Sainsbury’s in the Vancouver Quarter.

The businesses will compete in their next challenge – egg and spoon racing – in April. This will be followed by a beat the goalie competition in August and a mystery challenge in October. The team with the most points after these four challenges will be crowned Vancouver Quarter Business Challenge 2015 champions and a donation will be made to a charity of the winner’s choice.