MOST runners take up the sport to beat the bulge, but Lee Robertson will be carrying a bit of extra weight when he takes on a festive fun run.
The gym instructor looks good enough to eat after finding a Christmas pudding costume ahead of one of the highlights of the Steel City Striders’ running calendar.
Lee, who works at Gym Plus in Crookes, will be one of 2,000 people taking part in this year’s Percy Pud race, which goes from Loxley Valley to Lower Bradfield and back alongside the Damflask Reservoir this Sunday.
And to ensure he looks the part, the 38-year-old has stuffed his costume with bubble wrap for an authentic pudding look.
Lee said: “The costume was a bit flat so I’ve stuffed it a bit. I want to make it look as good as I can.
“I’m always dressing up. We all do at Gym Plus. We’re a small gym but very much part of the community.
“I’ve been out training in the costume. I’ve just been building up slowly doing five miles. It does look quite funny – hopefully it’ll make people smile.”
The popular 10k is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit as each runner receives a Christmas pudding at the end.
Organisers have increased capacity by 800 due to high demand and to mark its 20th anniversary.
Alan Barnett, race organiser, said: “This Sunday is the 20th running of the Steel City Striders’ Percy Pud 10k. In the 20 years we have run it we have given out more than 30,000 puddings to runners.
The race starts at 9.30am.