Chase the Pudding

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Chase the Pudding supporting Will Mackaness Trust

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Venue: Weymouth Beach
Address: Weymouth Beach (Pavilion End), The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8ED

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When: Sunday 15th December, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm


Santas, elves, pantomime dames and many other fabulous festive characters will gather on Weymouth Beach (Pavilion end) to take part in the annual Chase the Pudding race on Sunday 15th December.

Registration is from 9.30am in the Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room followed by a warm up from 10.45am by fitness trainer Gina Hartley, with the race starting at 11am. Everybody is invited to come along to cheer and support this colourful Christmas event on Weymouth seafront.

This year’s Chase the Pudding will be started by Wessex FM breakfast presenter Dave Goulden along with Weymouth Town Mayor Cllr Graham Winter and stars from Cinderella, this year’s pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion.

Brand new for 2019 is the introduction of a female pudding. Mr and Mrs Pudding will now be chased along the beach by hundreds of Santas creating one of the great scenes of the festive season.

The Chase the Pudding race is approximately 5km and is from the Pavilion end of the beach to the groyne at Greenhill and back again.

The Chase the Elf race for under 14s will start five minutes after the Chase the Pudding and is a 2km race to the Pier Bandstand and back.

All race entry fees and event sponsorship will go to the Will Mackaness Trust.

Participants and supporters will be entertained in the Pavilion Ocean Room by Ed Hintze playing Christmas carols when the runners register and return from the chase. Competitors and spectators are also welcome to purchase refreshments from the Pavilion, with lots of warming and delicious food and drink on offer.

In addition to this, there will be Christmas stalls and a raffle. If you’re interested in running a stall, please email

The event, now in its 12th year, was originally set up by successful local sports event organiser Mark Steen, Director of BustinSkin. Event organisers were delighted with last year’s event and are aiming for yet another big turnout this year, raising lots of money for local charity the Will Mackaness Trust.

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