This December sees the 30th Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden Market – where contestants run through an obstacle course, all the while holding on to a Christmas pudding. All proceeds from the event are donated to charity. Here is some information about the race and how to get involved.
What Is The Great Christmas Pudding Race, Held in London
The first race was held in 1980 and it follows the same format today, thirty years on. Teams of competitors navigate through an obstacle course around Covent Garden’s Market, all the while holding on to the all-important Christmas pudding. People take part in the race in Christmas-themed fancy dress, and street entertainers are also on hand to provide additional entertainment to the spectators. To win, the team member must finish the race with the Christmas pudding still in their hands.
This year, the race is scheduled to begin on Saturday 4th December at 11.15am. Contestants are sponsored and all proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Matthew Walker, the Christmas pudding manufacturer will be supporting the event this year, and there is sure to be a good deal of media coverage as well as a few famous faces giving their support to the race.
How to Take Part in The Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden
Last year the race raised £19,000 for charity – organisers are hoping to surpass that amount this year. Competitors can register via the Christmas Pudding Race website – there is a £25 registration fee and people can register to run in teams of six. Each person who runs the race is expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship – or £600 per team.
Teams are welcome as friends, family, work colleagues, or with any other connections – so it’s easy to get out your Christmas fancy dress and raise funds for a worthwhile cause. The winning team will receive the coveted Pudding Trophy, as well as some of the media attention the race always attracts.
Watching the Pudding Race is a Free Event
If you don’t feel like running yourself, the race is free to watch. People can also donate money to the cause via the website, if they don’t know anyone taking part to sponsor. Covent Garden can be reached by tube – it has its own underground station – and by bus, with regular services.
Keep an eye on announcements made in the press or on TV, or check the website for more details before you attend.
The Great Christmas Pudding Race is a great way to have fun, celebrate in the Christmas festivities and raise money for charity, all at the same time. Take part in the race yourself, or just watch – whatever you decide to do, give the event your support and help the organisers smash last year’s already substantial total.