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UK lawmakers, journalists run, toss pancakes for charity race

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Donning the chef's whites and armed with frying pans apt for flipping pancakes, British lawmakers and journalists took to a racecourse on Tuesday for an annual fundraising event.

The 21st edition of the Parliamentary Race sees members of the lower and upper chambers of Parliament -- the and the -- and members of the in a fun run that requires pancakes to be continuously tossed in the air along the way.

"Pancakes, crêpes, drop scones, hotcakes -- call them what you like, the Rehab Parliamentary Race sees them demolished in seconds, because they're vigorously tossed in the air as participants battle it out for the winner's title," the event organizers said on their website.

The inclusion of tossing is not incidental, as the event is held on Shrove Tuesday, which in the is synonymous with "Pancake Day", when people enjoy sweet and savoury versions of the humble egg-based dish, news reported.

The cakes were seen suspended in mid-air as participants sought to catch them in their pans while they made their way around the course.

Shrove Tuesday falls before the first day of Lent, which marks the six-week period before the Christian feast of

Elsewhere, Shrove Tuesday is known as "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday".



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:34 IST