The 39th Annual Great Christmas Pudding Race
On the morning of December 7th Mr Pudding was back hosting the 39th Great Christmas Pudding Race on the famous cobbles of the West Piazza Covent Garden.
Teams all in fancy dress tackled Mr Pudding’s world renowned obstacle course to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Course highlights included an inflatable air slide and brand new obstacle Build A Snowman, all whilst balancing a pudding on a tray! Teams included Cancer Research UK, Barclays Bank PLC as well as teams from local universities. The event kicked off with a Zumba warm up led by Covent Garden’s own Pineapple Dance Studios. In-between the qualifying two heats the huge crowds were entertained by the incredible The Roxys, a three piece jazz vocal girl group who add their own unique harmonies to current pop and R’n’B hits along with re-imagining iconic tunes from the last decades.
As well as acting as a great excuse to run around Covent Garden in fancy dress, the event had a serious purpose, dedicated to beating cancer through research. In the 1970s, 1 in 4 people survived a cancer diagnosis. Today this has changed to 2 in 4 surviving. The ambition is to see 3 in 4 people surviving by 2034. As well as raising awareness, Mr Pudding is on track to raise over £15,000 from this event which will help fund some of the lifesaving research Cancer Research UK are currently undertaking.
Race Winners ‘Santa Roos’, all the way from Australia, said “We were looking for something wacky and festive to raise money for Cancer Research and couldn’t be happier that we won this year! So much fun and all for an amazing cause.”