This year, the theme is ‘Rock/Pop Icons‘. Each competing nag will Glam themselves up in the image of their chosen Rock/Pop idol. Expect to see the likes of ‘The Gee Gees’ going head to head with ‘Mare-Donna’ & even the late great Purple Mane’ himself ‘ Prince’ may be in attendance.
The streets of Central Greenwich are transformed into a course for glammed up comical looking ‘pop/rock star’ lookalike nags. These Iconic looking Panto Horses race from Devonport House, to their 1st of many ‘Pit stops’ along the quarter mile route. Along the route, the poor unsuspecting Horses will encounter various obstacles that they will need to overcome to gain points per ‘pit-stop’. The 2017 route has some special and frankly bizarre surprises in store for those hapless Horses. The 5 ‘Horses’ with the most points laid on some very special, and frankly bizarre obstacles, which to King William Walk / Devonport House (Central Greenwich ), stopping off at various pubs (pit-stops), before staggering to the finishing line an hour later in Royal Hill ( West ) Greenwich.
These Iconic ( or ironic) looking Panto Horses begin the race from the grounds of Devonport House, onwards to their 1st (of many) ‘Pit stops’ along the quarter mile route. Those poor unsuspecting Horses will encounter various unsightly obstacles during the race, that they will need to overcome quickly, in order to gain essential points at each of the 6 ‘pit-stops’ they race towards.
Once all the knackered nags have reached the final pit stop’, their team points will be totted up by our strict and highly stern Bowler Hatted adjudicator, Helen ‘Robocop’ Robinson. The 5 ‘best performing’ ‘Horses, with the most awarded points per ‘pit-stop’ will then face their final race challenge, that will decide the 2017 winner of ‘The London Pantomime Horse Race’.
The Space-Hopper Panto Horse finale
The final 5 nags will each be presented with 2 ‘Space Hoppers for the front and back ends of their’ Horse. Each ‘Horse’ must sit, bounce and race to the finish line, whilst trying to jump over the many ‘steeple jumps’ ( & another little surprise obstacle thrown in for good measure). The 1st nag that reaches the finish line, will be crowned the official 2017 winner. Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place runners up.
All participating nags are then encouraged to get changed, relax and to let their hair down in style, with our very nearly legendary ‘After-Race Xmas Party.