Steve Claymore, Laura Hastilow, Hannah McKenzie, Richard Finnigan and Sarah Shelton gear up for the festive fundraiser

A Whittington hospice is urging families to kick off the festive season with some exercise in the fresh air.

The Pudding Plod and Rudolph Run offer people of all ages an opportunity to stretch their legs and raise money for the care of local people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Both events are being lined up by St Giles Hospice and will take place in the Castle Gardens in Tamworth on December 5.

The Plod is a leisurely 2.5-mile course suitable for children and adults and is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Participants can don festive fancy dress  and there will be mini-Christmas puddings for everyone who takes part.

Those in the mood to stretch their legs at a slightly more challenging pace can opt to take part in the five-mile Rudolph Run, open to participants aged 14 and over. Again, suitably festive attire is encouraged and every finisher will be presented with a medal.

Helen Relihan, head of fundraising for St Giles Hospice, said:

“The Pudding Plod and Rudolph Run give local people the chance to start the season of goodwill with some family fun and exercise in the fresh air – all in aid of St Giles Hospice.

“It’s a welcome break from the busy build-up to Christmas, as well as providing much-needed funds to help care for people who need it the most.”

Registration for the Pudding Plod starts at 9.30am, with the walk beginning at 10.30am. Entry is £2.50 for children aged 13 or under and £10 for entrants aged 14 and above.

Rudolph Run participants can register from 8am ahead of the 9am start-time. Entry is £10 per person and places are strictly limited, so early booking is recommended.

Entry forms are available by calling 01543 432538 or emailing All those taking part are being encouraged to raise extra money for the hospice through additional sponsorship and each entrant will receive a fundraising pack.

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