Where are the Mud Runner events held?

All Mud Runner events take place on the Eastnor Castle estate in Herefordshire, which is on the edge of the Malvern Hills. The best address for directions and sat nav’s is Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL. On a race day the race village & car parking are clearly signposted. Ledbury is the nearest town which is approx. 3 miles from the race location. There is a train station in Ledbury with good links to the Midlands & London. If accommodation is required there are hotels in Ledbury, Tewkesbury (12 miles), Malvern (10 miles) & Gloucester (16 miles). For more local info please contact us at enquiries@mudrunner.co.uk

What does a Mud Runner event involve?

They are all different but are all set up to be fun yet challenging races, with as much mud and filth as we can find. We haven’t earned our ‘Nothing Tougher’ tagline for nothing! Mud Runner races are tough so don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a muddy walk in the park! The tracks at Eastnor are some of the toughest out there so think hills, filth, dirt and a LOT of mud! There is a lot of water out there – you don’t need to be able to swim but you will need to wade through up to 4ft of water.

Am I fit enough?

Your safety is our priority. As with any exercise you may need to consult your doctor. Mud Runner is tough and consideration must be given by each individual runner before entry. If you can run 2-3 miles, 2 to 3 times a week then you should be fine. You may not post the fastest 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. However each individual must be confident they are fit and well enough to participate.

There is a cutoff time on the CLASSIC and OBLIVION courses of 2 hours from your wave start time at the halfway water station point which is at the 5-6km mark. This has been introduced for runners’ health & safety and must be adhered to.

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 those aged 5 plus 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.

When do I get my race number and timing chip?

Your race packs which will include your race number and timing chip will be posted to you 2 weeks before the event. Make sure the address you gave when entering is correct!

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 !?).

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, around or through.

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.

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.

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.

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. The Tub of Love can be enjoyed at both Oblivion and Classic but unfortunately not Icebreaker.

What shoes should I wear?

Normal road trainers tend not to be much use, as once they get muddy you’ll slip around loads, making for a tiresome and potentially hazardous race. We would always recommend you run in a decent trail or cross country running shoe with decent grip. Cross country spikes are not permitted as they ruin the timing mats and there are a few hundred metres of tarmac on the course.

As for clothing, well wear what you feel comfortable in but make sure you will be warm enough (especially for the Winter races) and always bring plenty of layers and spare clothes to change into after the race. Even if it’s a lovely sunny day, make sure you bring a nice warm coat to put on! A towel is also a good idea!

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 3rd person in your 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.

Do Mud Runner issue refunds if I can't race?

Once you have entered Mud Runner we will not provide any refund, trasnfer or credit either in full or in part whatever the circumstances of the entrants’ non-attendance.

Your FAQs are appalling and you still haven't answered my question?

Fair enough, just drop us an email to enquiries@mudrunner.co.uk and we’ll do our best to help!