Pancake Day RaceArticle posted on 21st February 2012
Prior to the start of the annual ball game MCS employees Carly Lucas and Sam Scott did their bit for charity by enetering the annual Pancake Day Race. Conditions were less than ideal with a force ten gale whistling through the Atherstone street course, but the brave contenders stuck to their guns and lined up alongside other local business representatives at the top end of Long Street for the much anticipated event.
With crowds gathering and the noise rising it was the men's race to set off first and, Sam Scott, who had been backing himself loudly in the office for the previous few weeks was ready to "stroll to victory"! However, his over confidence apparently got the bettter of him as he limped home a disappointing fourth place citing a "sticky pan" and a "burnt pancake" as being his main reasons for the abject failure. He will have to fight hard for his place in next year's competition, with Simon and Terry being his obvious competition for the spot.
In stark contrast to this the women's race was altogether a more exciting affair. Carly Lucas made her way up to the start line, fag in hand, sizing up the competition and obviously picking out her main threats to the coveted title. As the whistle blew the contestant next to Carly (clad out in full gym gear and looking like she could have easily run a couple of marathons) mysteriosly fell to the floor, which left Carly chuckling to herself as she took the early lead. After having pulled a good 5m clear, and with her trainer Jean readying the lighter and tobacco, Carly closed in on the finish to a rapturous welcome! However disaster struck and Carly, showboating towards the line, somehow managed to throw the pancake sideways, miles away from her waiting pan which allowed the closest competitor (convieniently from the host company Barclays) to steal victory from the hands of defeat.
Both competitors did MCS proud, although possibly a contest which involved eating pancakes as opposed to running with them may be more suited to the MCS core competencies!