Married pudding pair in charity run
Published 03/12/2011 | 14:42
It was love at first sight for Mitesh Patel and Olga Nuryaeva as they lined up in fancy dress a year ago to compete in the Great Christmas Pudding Race.
And they returned to take part once again in Cancer Research UK's annual wacky fundraising event in London's Covent Garden - this time as man and wife.
Despite both being Oxford university students, they had not met until mutual friends roped them into competing in the race last December.
"I thought I would just be chasing puddings around not Olga," Mr Patel said. "But I'm very worried about this year's race because last year I was spurred on by my love for Olga.
"This year I'm weighed down by my wedding ring," he joked.
He said for him it was love at first sight and in August they tied the knot in Surrey. And they celebrated their union by their six-strong team winning this year's race. They were so delighted they promptly donated an extra £1,000 into Cancer Research UK's coffers.
The couple, part of a team of Santas, were not the wackiest looking among the eclectic bunch.
Contestants dressed as turkeys, Christmas trees and crackers lumbered their way through the obstacle course, tumbling down slides and slipping over foam.
The team to complete the course with the quickest time and puddings in tact wins the relay event.
Behind the silliness is the serious task of raising funds for cancer research.