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London Marathon team wins Better Bankside pancake race

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A team from the London Marathon headquarters in Southwark Street won this year's Better Bankside pancake race in Montague Close.

Southwark Cathedral team
The Southwark Cathedral team, including sub dean Canon Andrew Nunn, practice their skills before the race (Photo: Eleanor Marriott)
Bankside pancake race
The hotly contested race gets under way (Photo: Eleanor Marriott)
Bankside pancake race
A passing party of schoolchildren stopped to watch the action (Photo: Eleanor Marriott)
Bankside pancake race
The London Marathon team receive the trophy from the Very Revd Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, and Better Bankside's Valentina Diamanti-Fox

This Shrove Tuesday event is now its its third year and the drizzle didn't deter an enthusiastic crowd from turning up to cheer on the participants.

The race was held in aid of Paintings in Hospitals, the charity which runs the Menier Gallery on Southwark Street. They plan to use the funds raised at the event to expand their collection of works suitable for childrens' hospitals.

Borough High Street-based car club firm Zipcar organised a raffle to support the fundraising efforts.

Locals businesses and employers which fielded teams included Fourth Day, The Team, the Health & Safety Executive, Zipcar, Globe Business Publishing and Southwark Cathedral.

The London Marathon becomes the third custodian of the trophy specially created for the race by London Glassblowing. The 2007 winners were Malcolm Pawley Architects and last year's champions were Medicare First.

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