When: 7th May 2017
Where: Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex
£: Free to watch. £50 for individual entry, £200 for a team of 4 or £300 for a team of 6. Competitors should be over 18 years and raise at least £50 in sponsorship money.
What is it?
This year’s Maldon Mud Race will take place on Sunday 7th May in Essex. The Maldon Mud Race is the 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.
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’s fastest finish time was just four minutes and 18 seconds, and 250 competitors took part. The event saw £35,000 given to charities and 20,000 spectators turned up to watch the spectacle. This year’s event is expected to be just as popular, so what are you waiting for?