When: 26 April 2015, from 11am
Where: Maldon, Essex
£: Free to watch. £50 per person to enter.
What is it?
This year’s Maldon Mud Race will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015 in Essex. The Maldon Mud Race is an annual mad dash (or sticky wade) through the riverbed of the River Blackwater in Essex.
The quirky Maldon Mud Race began in 1973 with a pub-related bet. A local resident made a bet that the landlord of the Queens Head at Hythe Quay in Maldon, couldn’t serve a meal, dressed in a dinner jacket, on the saltings of the River Blackwater. Somehow this daft behaviour caught on and it developed into a race to across the riverbed to drink a pint of beer, until finally it became the popular organised charity event it is today.
The race is expected to attract 300 competitors from across the world, who will be racing in the name of fun, whilst raising money for charity. For those who don’t fancy getting filthy, the race welcomes spectators and this year there will be plenty of extra entertainment on the day. There will be stalls, a traditional steam fun fair, face painting and a duck race. The duck race will take place at around 12.30pm and the Mud Race at about 1pm.
The race itself is a four hundred metre dash (or wade) through the muddy riverbed. Competitors are encouraged to race in fancy dress, and all participants receive a gift pack for entering. Prizes are awarded for various categories, these usually include the Last Person to Complete the Course, Best Male Fancy Dress, Best Female Fancy Dress and The Most Senior Competitor to Complete the Race.
Last year the Maldon Mud Race managed to raise £55k for charity and the race was watched by 25,000 visitors. The fastest finish time was a mere 3 minutes and 30 seconds!
More info: For more details, including how to enter and where to park, visit www.maldonmudrace.com