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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published November 28th 2013
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Back in the nineteenth century, we could have blamed it on there being something in the water, but what makes Londoners so do-lally these days is hard to say. We do do some daft things. Fortunately it is mostly harmless fun, and in some cases even beneficial to the community. For example, we're a very charitable people, and come up with some seriously eccentric fundraising events. Three are coming up in December, which you can either take part in or watch.

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Now in its thirty-third year, The Great Christmas Pudding Race will be held at Covent Garden on the 7th December at 11am. Raising awareness for Cancer Research, you can register your team of six for 25 per person. The team is requested to raise a minimum of 600, and it is the perfect opportunity to see your boss dressed up in a silly costume.

London Santa Run

It must be a kid's dream come true to see hundreds of Father Christmases running their way. The London Santa Run will also be held on the 7th December at Battersea Park. You could be one of the two thousand Santas running 6km in aid of Disability Snow Sports. Registration is 22.

The Peter Pan Cup

I can think of a more relaxing way to spend my Christmas Day, but The Peter Pan Cup has been a time honoured tradition since 1864. The named was later donated by J.M. Barrie after he wrote the play, Peter Pan and Wendy in 1904. Although the event is only open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Club, I doubt most of us will mind. They are likely to be swimming the hundred yard race in Hyde Park in conditions of below four degrees celsius. Why not go and cheer them on? The race kicks off at 9am on the 25th December.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 7th & 25th Dec
Where: Hyde Park, Covent Garden, Battersea Park
Cost: 20-25
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