the Great Christmas Pudding Race
will be on Saturday
from 11am to 1pm.
[ there is also a similar event in Bartholomew Square in Brighton on a different
This unusual event has taken place in Covent Garden every December since 1980.
Teams represent schools, universities, companies or other organisations. They
race around an obstacle course carrying a Christmas pudding.
It raises money for the charity Cancer Research UK
The photos below were taken in December 2008.
The presenters and judge (this year a Simon Cowell look-alike) welcome the crowds
in Covent Garden
Among those entertaining the crowd are Bearemy from the Build-a-Bear Workshop,
and the "men from 118 118" (characters used in a TV campaign for a
UK phone directory service).
Seamus Cullen was a finalist in the TV talent contest "Any Dream Will Do",
and currently plays the role of Che in a UK tour of the musical Evita.
He performs several seasonal songs on stage, both solo and together with the
Many Rivers Gospel Choir.
The teams warm up for the race by doing some aerobics. Even Santa and his reindeers
are feeling the cold.
Each team is made up of 6 people and has raised money for Cancer Research UK
through sponsorship. They line up at the start.
Each person carries a plate with a decorated Christmas pudding.
The teams race over an obstacle course, collecting objects as they go.
Just to add to the fun, contestants are sprayed with cream before they reach
the finishing line. Even "the Queen" joins in ...
The costumes are judged and the best is presented with a trophy. This year's
winners dressed up as Zorro (a Spanish sword-fighting hero).
The winners of the race were students from Nottingham University. They were
presented with the special Great Christmas Pudding Race trophy ...
Official website for the Great Christmas Pudding Race: http://www.xmaspuddingrace.org.uk
If you would like to take part in next year's event, you can use this link to
find out the details and to apply.
Covent Garden Christmas Lights: Ideas/Album/CoventGardenLights
Covent Garden May Fayre: Ideas/Album/MayFayre
What's on in the UK in December: Ideas/Events/December
Christmas lights in London: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights
Christmas traditions: Ideas/Album/Christmas
British food: Britain/Food
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