1. What does a Mud Runner Event involve ?
All Mud Runner events take place at the Eastnor Castle Estate in Herefordshire on the edge of the Malvern Hills.
They are all different but are all set up to be fun challenging races, through beautiful countryside with as much mud and filth as we can find.
2. Am I fit enough ?
Your safety is our priority. As with any exercise you may need to consult your doctor. Aside from the Winter Duathlon (which will be fairly challenging) we have designed the Mud Runner races so that most people can get round them. If you can run 2-3 miles, 2 to 3 times a week then you should be fine. You may not post the faetest time but you will get round.
We encourage runners of all fitness levels to come and have a go, the spread of times for the last Mud Runner Classic was from 50 minutes through to 4 hours 45 minutes, there is a wide range of runners of all fitness levels and abilities.
We have now introduced a cutoff on the CLASSIC and OBLIVION courses of 2hours 30minutes for the halfway water station which is at the 5-6km mark.
3. Can anyone compete ?
Anyone who enters the main race must be at least 16 years of age on race day. We also have a Junior series in which ages 5plus can compete. The prizes for the Junior races go up to age 16 yrs. Any Junior under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
In the last few years the race has also been completed by blind runners and also someone in a wheelchair. If you have the determination you can get round.
4. When do I get my race number and timing chip ?
Elsie and the Fishbeth try to post them to you 2 weeks before the event.
5. Can I run the course beforehand ?
As the courses run through Land Rover Tracks we only have permission to use them on race day. A lot of local runners practice on the Malvern Hills, which have some muddy trails and a lot of hills (really !?).
6. Are there obstacles on the course ?
All the races have a lot of muddy pits, puddles and banks. Mud Runner Oblivion also has manmade obstacles to climb over, under, round or through.
7. Are spectators allowed ?
Yes, they are very welcome and we encourage them to come (there is no charge). We try hard to give directions to good viewing points on the course, however, the best areas tend to be inaccessible and it can be a challenge to get back in time to see your friend/colleague/wife/partner/child/spouse/bitter enemy/parent/mother-in-law finish.
8. Where can I park ?
There is plenty of car parking at the site and you will be directed to your parking spot.
In wet weather we have to use car parks further away from the race start, so be prepared for a shortish walk.
9. Can I run for Charity and can I link to your site from a charity page ?
Yes, we are delighted if you run for charity, Mud Runner is not linked to a chosen charity, raise money for whichever Charity you have an affinity with. You are welcome to post links back to the site.
10. Are there showers/washing facilities ?
We don't believe in showers....but we do believe in the Tub Of Love!! The biggest hot tub in the land for you to warm up, clean up and brag about your achievements to your fellow mud runners.
12. What shoes should I wear ?
Normal road trainers tend to not be much use, as once they get muddy you'll slip around loads, it won't stop you getting round but it will make it very tiresome. A lot of runners use fell running shoes and some have had a lot of success with moulded football boots. We wouldn't recommend cross country spikes as there are a few hundred metres of tarmac on the course. For barefoot officionados Elsie has run sections of all the courses using Vibram Fivefingers and spent most of the time falling over and has no plans to repeat the experience.
13. If I enter as part of a team do I still get a time as an individual ?
Yes, you always get an individual time recorded. Your team time is based on the last one of the team to cross the line. If you want to run off way ahead of your team that's up to you, it's not a problem.
14. Your FAQ's are appalling and you still haven't answered my question ?
Fair enough, just email Elsie on email@example.com and he'll do his best to answer it for you.