FAQs and information

The Great Christmas Pudding Race is a fun, festive event where teams race to complete an obstacle course while raising money for Cancer Research UK. The event is organised by the Cancer Research Aid Committee (CRAC) on behalf of Cancer Research UK and is supported by Matthew Walker and Covent Garden Market.

How long is the Race?

The Race is a fun run, a test of skill rather than endurance – participants have to complete a festive obstacle course around the Covent Garden Piazza – each heat lasts approximately 5- 10 minutes and the winning team and runners up from each Race then compete in the Grand Final.

Is it easy to raise £800 (£200 per person)?

There are many ways to raise money through fundraising and sponsored activities. You could organise a coffee morning, host a quiz night, hold a bake sale at work, or pack bags at your local supermarket for donations. You can even ask your work if they offer corporate matching for any money you raise.

If you’re stuck for fundraising ideas, you can visit our News and Events page for tips to help your team reach their target.

Is there a minimum age limit to take part in the Race?

Yes, participants must be 18 years or over

Can my friends and family watch the Race?

Of course! Everyone is welcome to come and support your team, we ask all supporters to watch the Race from outside the barriers of the course

Are there facilities to leave coats, bags etc?

Yes there are facilities for your team to leave your coats and bags but we would ask teams to bring
the minimum possible as space is limited. Cancer Research UK can accept no responsibility for
loss or any damage from any cause whatsoever to coats, bags etc or other articles stored during the

What happens if there is bad weather?

The safety of the teams is paramount. The decision to cancel the Race will be made solely at the
organisers discretion, based on the safety of the teams and the event.

Can I take part if I am pregnant?

We would not advise taking part if pregnant due to the nature of the obstacles

How do I get there?

West Piazza of Covent Garden market, between King Street and Henrietta Street Nearest Tube Stations are
Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) or Leicester Square (Northern Line).