A Baker’s Dozen of Great British Bake Off contestants proved they have made a flipping good start to their Virgin Money London Marathon training by taking part in a pancake race in London’s Hyde Park yesterday on Shrove Tuesday (13 February).
The 13 bakers, including Series Four winner Frances Quinn and Series Seven star Selasi Gbormittah, were inspired to run the 2018 London Marathon after watching last year’s race on TV. The group – who are running for four charities: Great Ormond Street Hospital, World Vision, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust – showed that you can be putting in the miles and still enjoy a sweet treat by making some delicious pancakes at Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant.
Richard Burr, who finished runner-up in Series Five, said: “The Great British Bake Off is a brilliant thing and we have been given so many opportunities to have fun so we thought we would try to work off a little bit of cake and see if we can raise some money and awareness for charity while we are doing it.”
Jane Beedle, runner-up in Series Seven, added: “A lot of us are not runners but what has brought us together is the camaraderie and the spirit of London Marathon. Everyone comes together to support one another, regardless of if they know them or not. It’s the atmosphere and enthusiasm that made us all want to take part.”
The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place 22 April.