Santas, elves, fairies and other Christmas characters will chase a Christmas pudding along Weymouth Beach (Weymouth Pavilion end) on Sunday 21 December.
People are invited to come along and watch the event along Weymouth seafront at 11am.
The event, which is organised by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and BustinSkin, a triathlon and events club, is aiming for record breaking entry numbers this year to raise money for the Will Mackaness Trust, a local water sports charity.
Everyone is invited to join in the event. The course is a 5K run from the Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach to The Groyne at Greenhill and back again.
It costs £10 for adults (£15 with Santa suit included) and under 10s go free with a family member.
For full registration details visit www.willmackanesstrust.org.uk/christmas-pudding-race/
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Cllr Rachel Rogers said:
“The borough is well known for hosting a great festival and events programme throughout the year and Chase the Pudding is definitely a festive favourite.
“Local events generate pride, awareness and help raise money for countless charities and good causes throughout the area. The council is thrilled to support Chase the Pudding and would encourage everyone to go down to the seafront on 21 December to support this great event.”
Pam Govier, Will Mackaness Trust secretary said: “We are hoping to build on the great success of previous years and we want to create a festive atmosphere both on and off the beach. It will be a great day with the wonderful sight of hundreds of Santas chasing after the pudding and Ed Hintze playing Christmas Carols in the Ocean Room for when the runners set off and return.
“There will be mulled wine, minced pies, Christmas stalls and a raffle. If anyone would be interested in having a stall please could they contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Come along and help us create a truly memorable experience.”
Mark Steen, Director of BustinSkin, said: “I am really pleased to be partnered with the local charity Will Mackaness Trust for the first time this year; it is a very worthwhile cause. I am sure that many local club runners and enthusiasts will turn out in great numbers to share this hilarious, happy and healthy seasonal event.”
Registration is at 9am in the Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room followed by a warm up from 9.30am by Gina Hartley. Competitors and spectators are welcome to use the pavilion bars and cafes which are open from 10am to 4pm for refreshments with lots of warming and delicious food and drink on offer.
This year’s Chase the Pudding will be started by Wessex FM breakfast presenter James O’Neill along with Weymouth & Portland Mayor Cllr Kate Wheller and stars from this year’s Pavilion Theatre Pantomime Aladdin.