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The 16th Christmas Pudding Dash

After two years of Covid disruptions, the Christmas Pudding Dash returns in 2021 for the 16th year to its traditional pre-Christmas slot.  So, why not join us at this firm Christmas favourite?

It’s the perfect way to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season. Dig out your festive running gear and enjoy the great festive race atmosphere. The race itself is a tough cross country, 5 Mile-ish race, taking place around the farmland of Pickham Farm and through local woodland. 

Fancy dress is encouraged, of course, for a race that is as popular amongst seasoned athletes as it is amongst beginners and those new to races. 

All finishers will receive a superb bespoke medal and there will be trophies for the leading runners and age category winners.  

As usual, there will be two options for younger runners - either take part in a single lap of the two lap route or take part in our fun run for youngsters. 
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post, otherwise you will need to collect your bib number on the day. Full race information will be set to you by email a few days before the race.

Hopefully, all Covid restrictions will remain lifted for the race, which means a return to mass starts. That said, we will still retain some elements of our Covid safety processes to help protect, runners, spectators and volunteers.
  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
The Course
The 4.5 mile-ish race is a single lap, undulating course around the fields and footpaths surrounding the quiet, Sussex village of Pett. In wet weather, the course may be muddy - but you can embrace it all in your best festive gear!

First Aid
St John Ambulance will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Presentations will take place approximately 60 minutes after the first finisher.

Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Pett Village Hall, Pett Road, Nr Hastings, TN35 4HD

The Race Headquarters will be at Pett Village Hall, where there will be toilet and refreshment facilities available. Pett is a rural village in Sussex, situated between Hastings and Rye, so the race will be most easily accessed by car.

For those that wish to arrive by public transport, there are railway stations at nearby Three Oaks, Ore and Hastings. However, you may need to get a taxi or cycle to the event as it is several miles to the race start from each of the railway stations.

UKA Licence Number

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Course record holders

  • Ross Skelton: 25.57
  • Shannon Hopkins-Parry: 32.34


"Having started this first year of running with a Nice Work event it seemed appropriate to end it with another event by the same organisers and what a treat. The course had to be shortened a bit because of the mud from the recent storms but who cares, 2 laps of glorious scenery, a short and nasty climb and a brilliantly absurd descent down a muddy hill the other side made this challenging but hugely enjoyable.

The organisation was very slick, the marshalls were encouraging and accurate in their directions and the value for money was brilliant when you consider a Xmas pud, an original medal, a mince pie and mulled wine were waiting for you at the end.

I can't wait for next years event - very uplifting! And muddy."

- The Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash