If you fancy watching something a bit different this weekend, then how about cheering on the brave competitors at the Maldon Mud Race? This well-established quirky event is an annual mad dash (or more precisely, a sticky wade) through the riverbed of the River Blackwater in Essex.
Like many quirky traditions, the Maldon Mud Race began with a pub-related bet. Yes, back in 1973, a local resident made a bet with the landlord of the Queens Head at Hythe Quay in Maldon. Challenging the landlord to serve a meal while dressed in a dinner jacket, on the saltings of the River Blackwater. Somehow, this daft behaviour caught on. And so it developed into a race to across the riverbed to drink a pint of beer. Finally, it evolved into the popular organised charity event it is today.
This year’s race is expected to attract around 300 competitors from across the world. They’ll all be racing in the name of fun, whilst raising vital money for charity. Those taking part, whether individuals or teams, are encouraged to wear fancy dress. So, you can expect some interesting outfits. The race itself is a four hundred metre slog through the muddy riverbed, which many end up crawling through.
For those who don’t fancy getting filthy, the race welcomes spectators. So, you can go along to watch and cheer on these plucky competitors. Head there early to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the refreshments. There’ll be eclectic live music and local radio broadcasting live from the park. And you can tuck into burgers, burritos and popcorn, as well as tea, coffee and ice cream.
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When: 24th April 2022, from 10am with the race starting at 1pm
Where: Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex
£: Free to watch but donations welcome
More info: maldonmudrace.com