VIDEO: Elves take on Worthing’s Christmas pudding challenge

On your mark, get set, go... Today (Saturday, November 28) local businesses took on a giant inflatable assault course with a Christmas pudding in hand to raise money for charity.

All bets were off as teams tried to take on two-year champions Jacob Steel at this year’s Christmas Pudding Race at Steyne Gardens in support of Guild Care.

A dozen teams, representing businesses in Worthing and the surrounding area, dressed up in festive costumes, including elves, Christmas crackers and of course Father Christmas.

The inflatable assault course saw contenders run across netting, climb up bouncy stairs, down a slide and around a maze that resembled the North Pole.

Chairman of Trustees at Guild Care, Roger Smith, said all the money raised will go to Guild Care’s Ashdown Centre for Children in Ashdown Road.

He said: “I had a go along with the other trustees, we were called ‘Trustee Turkey Trotters’. We came last but we are about 20 years older than the other competitors.

“Guild Care is a very large organisation and this will keep funding our services.

“We are very grateful for the support from local companies like ETI [Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd] and Southern Water.”

Sarah Matthew of ETI said she had not been training before the race but made sure to do some stretches.

She said: “We want to make as much money as we can for Guild Care. We do a lot of work for them, we also dressed up for Halloween.”

ETI team ‘Elf and Safety’ were victorious, taking first place.

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