Kansans Claim Pancake Race Win Over England

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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February 16, 2010

A southwest Kansas physical education teacher won the annual trans-Atlantic pancake race Tuesday, beating the winner of the English leg of the race by 4 seconds.

But the women of Olney, England, won't have to worry any more
about Liberal's Cheryl Bevis. It was the third win for the 32-year-old middle school teacher and coach, making her ineligible to compete in future years.

Bevis carried a pancake in a griddle over a 415-yard course in 63 seconds to beat a 13-woman field in Liberal.

Olney's Jane Hughes won the English portion of the race earlier Tuesday with a time of 67 seconds.

Legend recounts that the race began in 1455 when an Olney housewife ran to Shrove Tuesday church services still carrying a pancake in a frying pan. Liberal made it a friendly international competition in 1950.

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