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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's Great Christmas Pudding Race

26th October 2012

This year the 32nd annual Great Pudding Race will take place in London's Covent Garden.

The event raises money for charity and will take place on December 1st in one of the most popular areas of the capital.

Teams of six people take part in the race, which involves climbing over various obstacles while attempting to balance a Christmas pudding on a paper plate. The obstacles range from the odd to the very bizarre and have included such tricky barriers as inflatable slides, traffic cone slaloms and balloons filled with flour.

All of the obstacles have to be navigated while the runners are dressed in outlandish fancy dress costumes.

Cancer Research UK estimates the race has earned more than £1 million since was launched in 1980 and describes it as "the wildest and wackiest event to hit the cobbled streets of Covent Garden!". Last year, a total of £21,000 was raised by the race goers.

Past years have also seen the participation of celebrities such as Bill Oddie, the EastEnders cast and Jon Snow in the race and the event is widely covered by some of the UK's top media including the BBC, ITN News, Sky Sports, Blue Peter and Capital Radio.

Entries are still being accepted for this year's Great Pudding Race so those staying in central London hotels at the start of December still have time to add the event to their must do list.

For those happy to just watch the manic race then Covent Garden offers a great day-out with plenty of top shops, bars and  restaurants, as well as the world famous Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum.


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