Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman rose to the challenge of the first Guild Care Christmas Pudding Race on Saturday.
Mr Smytherman led his team by example, putting in a determined performance for the good cause.
He said: “It’s absolutely great to be here raising money for Guild Care in their 80th anniversary year.
“It’s just an absolute privilege to be a part of it. As you can tell I’m a little bit out of breath but it’s been worth every bit.
“It’s been absolutely amazing. We’re probably not going to win, but we’re having great fun doing it.”