Competitors get ready to take on the 26th Pudding Run 10K

Nicola Clay and Chris Rainsford, winners of the 2011 Pudding Run
Nicola Clay and Chris Rainsford, winners of the 2011 Pudding Run

Entries are still being taken for the 26th Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding 10K.

Heanor Running Club will again host the popular road race, on Sunday, November 18, and there are 40 places left to be filled for this year’s ‘Pudding Run’.

The event provides runners with a friendly and enjoyable experience and organisers hope to top last year’s record 746 finishers.

The Pudding Run has continued to grow in numbers and is one of the biggest 10K events in the area.

The fast, rolling course starts and finishes at Shipley Country Park, going out onto the roads past the main race sponsor on Heanor Gate Industrial Estate and through Smalley before back towards the park on the traffic-free Bell Lane.

Last year’s race was won decisively by local runner Chris Rainsford in a time of 32.49 with Nicola Clay taking a clear victory among the female competitors.

Prize money of £100 will be up for grabs for the first man and first lady, with hampers and prizes being awarded to the top three men and women and other category winners. There will be a Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding for all participants.

Unfortunately, there can be no entries on the day. Those wishing to fill the 40 remaining places must do so by going to

Entry is £12 for affiliated club members and £14 for unattached runners.