English mother, daughter to watch Kansas leg of pancake race

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — An English mother and daughter who are both past champions of a trans-Atlantic pancake race will be in southwest Kansas for this year’s competition.

Devon Byrne, 21, won’t be able to compete Tuesday after winning for a third straight time last year, the High Plains Daily Leader reported.

She’s doing the next best thing: watching the Liberal leg of the Shrove Tuesday competition in which women from there and Olney, England, run the course with a pancake in their pan, flipping it at the beginning and end of the race. Participants compete in aprons and head scarves.

Her mother, Lesley Byrne, won the international competition in 1988 and 1989. She also won the Olney leg in 1993 on the same day she learned she was pregnant with Devon.

Shrove Tuesday, widely known in Britain as Pancake Day, is traditionally the last day for merrymaking before the start of Lent. Pancakes were thought to be a good way for Christians to consume the fat they were supposed to give up during the 40 days before Easter.

According to legend, the Olney race started in 1445, and Liberal challenged Olney in 1950 after seeing photos of the race in a magazine.

Devon, who is studying math and sports science at Loughborough University, will be visiting the U.S. for the first time.

“It will be a once in a lifetime trip and to be going with my mum will make it that bit more special and memorable,” Devon said.



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