Hundreds set to join Christmas Pudding run for hospice

Manchester Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash

Hundreds of local people will be pudding their best foot forward for a special event this December in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.

Families from across Greater Manchester will be gathering in Wythenshawe Park on Sunday, December 1, to take part in the ninth Manchester Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash.

The festive race – where Christmas-themed fancy dress is encouraged – comprises a two-lap flat off-road course, using the footpaths, fields and trails in the park.

Suitable for both experienced runners and beginners, there’s also a 2.5 mile course, for those not wanting to take on the full 5 mile distance. A dedicated children’s race is also available for youngsters wishing to join the festive fun.

Organised by Nice Work, the annual event has proven popular with runners, who enjoy the Christmas puddings and other festive goodies on offer on the day, as well as receiving a bespoke Christmas themed medal when they cross the finish line.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “Thanks so much to Nice Work for choosing the hospice as their local charity to benefit from the race this year.

“The money raised in sponsorship by those taking part for the hospice really will make a difference to the lives of the patients we care for and their loved ones.

“This is a particularly special time of year at St Ann’s, and we try and do everything we can to make memories for the families we support.

“Thanks so much to everyone thinking of signing up. Please do – we’d love to see you there, and it promises to be lots of fun too.”

The run starts at 11am. For more information, or to book a place and join the race, please visit