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Christmas Events: London Charity Runs Inspired by Christmas Are About Fancy Dresses, Food and Fun

London is the host city for numerous charity runs and events throughout the year, but Christmas seems to be a great source of inspiration for the event organisers. Charity runs taking place in December are full of crazy, Christmassy event ideas that we absolutely love, not least because they raise great amounts to charities in the run-up to the festive season. 

London Santa Run sees 2,000 Santa Clause lookalikes dash through Battersea Park in the first week of December. The amount raised goes to a great charity called Disability Snowsport UK who give people with disabilities access to the thrill of snowsports. Obviously it also gives the real Santa an opportunity to train incognito in preparation for the global marathon he undertakes only a few weeks later! London Santa Run takes place on 1st December; £20 entry fee includes a Santa suit. 

Santa Run in Battersea Park

The Great Christmas Pudding Race is another fascinating Charity event, organised on the same day as the Santa Run, 1st December. We find it extremely difficult to decide which one to go to, as this race combines running around, dressing up AND food. Set in London’s Covent Garden, the contestants tackle a specially made course with foam jets, flour sacks and inflatable slides carrying a Christmas pudding balanced on a tray. All this, whilst wearing a fancy dress – in previous years we’ve seen everything from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeers to Christmas baubles. The winner receives a prestigious Christmas Pudding Trophy, with the real prize being the money raised for Cancer Research UK.

Great Xmas Pudding Race, Covent Garden