Wednesday, 17 February 2010
COUNCIL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER STOPS COMPETITORS FROM RUNNING IN 650 YEAR OLD PANCAKE RACE!
With their frying pans primed, the teams were set to sprint to victory. Hundreds of well-wishers lined the course expecting the usual thrills, spills and slip-ups of the annual pancake race. But the jolly mood turned sour when a new health and safety rule was announced moments before the start - no running.
Spectators at the Shrove Tuesday event in St Albans, Hertfordshire, booed the city's tourism manager Charles Baker as he explained there were fears competitors might fall over. And the measure was met with widespread ridicule yesterday.
David Emery, 34, was one of three disqualified for breaking the rule, said it was 'mad', adding: 'I have been disqualified from a running race for running.' Rozanne Edwards, of the winning team said: 'It's described as a pancake race, which would suggest you'd run, but we were told it would be a walking race. We had to keep one foot on the ground at all times.'
There's really nothing you can add apart from, FUCK ME!