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The 15th Christmas Pudding Dash

This race will have new Covid safety measures in place and therefore please note the changes below.
Race One
 
Start line opens – 8.00 am
Start line closes – 9.00 am
 
Race Two
Start line opens – 11.00 am
Start line closes – 12.00 pm

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Christmas Pudding Dash race will go ahead on Saturday 19th December as planned, under the new Covid -Safe Guidelines. The Race HQ venue has had to be moved from the Village Hall and will now take place at Pickham Farm on Watermill Lane.
 
We have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure and ensure the safety of our runners, staff and the general public.
 
The first change you will notice is the start time. Due to parking restrictions at the farm rather than a single race for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with two races and start times available in 5-minute slots, beginning at 8.00am through to 09.00am and a second race between 11.00 am and 12.00pm.  A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
   
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available.
    Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/  
 
The Christmas Pudding Dash is a long-established festive event and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Dig out your festive running gear and enjoy the great Christmas race atmosphere. This tough cross country, 5 Mile-ish race takes place around the farmland of Pickham Farm and through local woodland. The self-contained course is the ideal venue for a Covid-safe event.   
 
All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and trophies for the leading runners and age category winners.  
 
Entering the event
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post.

If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk. Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number. A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.

Please note that you will not be able to enter on the day due to the new guidelines. Entries are available online until midnight the night before the event.  

Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. This is particularly imperative at this time as it is now more important than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.

Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1.       As mentioned previously, the first change you will notice is the start time. Due to parking restrictions at the farm rather than a single race for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with two races and start times available in 5-minute slots, beginning at 8.00am through to 09.00am and a second race between 11.00 am and 12.00pm.  A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2.       Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines. 
3.       A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will not be water stations on the course. Please consider bringing your own water with you, particularly if it is a warm day, you will be able to fill up your own bottle at the water stations.  
5.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 21st December. Race medals will be located at the finish line. Race winners and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
6.       There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area and these will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.  
7.       Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8.       You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available.
9.       Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10.   Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11.   Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct. Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.
 
  • 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

Applied for

Course record holders

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

Testimonials

"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