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Health and safety officers ban running in pancake race.


 

Health and safety officers ban running in pancake race

Contestants in a pancake race poured scorn on health and safety advisers after they were banned from running due to fears they would slip over in the rain.

 

Pancake walk in St Alban's

St Albans City Council Tourism Manager Charles Baker makes sure there is no running in this year’s Pancake Race Photo: SIMON JACOBS/PIN

Hundreds of spectators booed as St Albans City Council Tourism Manager Charles Baker announced the precautions at the beginning of the race.

He said: "We have a new set of rules today. Due to the wet weather conditions and health and safety regulations, in this year’s race, there will be no running allowed. Only walking is permitted. Any team that runs will be disqualified.

"It is a genuine health and safety concern. People fall over in the dry, they will certainly fall over in the wet."

Ten teams took part in the ‘Pancake Walk’ yesterday, three of whom were disqualified for not following the new ‘wet-weather’ rules.

Hertfordshire NHS Community Partnership team captain David Emery, 34, whose team was disqualified in the final, said: "This is health and safety gone mad. I have been disqualified from a running race for running."

Health and safety officers ban running in pancake race – Telegraph

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February 17, 2010 - Posted by | People, Weird

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