You might think you’re pretty fit, but do you have the stamina to complete a five-kilometre race that features over 40 manmade and natural obstacles?

County Durham’s Muddy Mayhem fun run is back at Hardwick Park, near Sedgefield, this September.

The race will boast challenges inspired by horse trials, rock climbing, motocross, military obstacle courses, and adventure playgrounds. Icy waters and tough tunnels are among the obstacles awaiting competitors.

Now back for its seventh year, Muddy Mayhem gives participants the choice of completing a 5K or 10K challenge. Those doing the 10K option will go around the course twice.

Dawn Watson and her friends have taken part in the last three Muddy Mayhem events and are looking forward to getting stuck in again this year.

Dawn said, “We booked up pretty much straight after last year’s event in October.”

“We simply love doing it as a team. Dressing up and being able to run through fire! I mean how often can you dress up as a Minion and run over hot fire?”

Early Bird Offers for Muddy Mayhem Fun Day at Hardwick Park
Competitors enjoying last year’s Muddy Mayhem event

Muddy Mayhem began life in 2012 as a 2.5-kilometre run, but has since morphed into an event that – while challenging – is great fun for those with an adventurous spirit. Hundreds of people took part in last year’s race and even more are expected to join in this year.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural affairs, Cllr Ossie Johnson, said, “Muddy Mayhem is always a popular event and it’s great to hear about people taking part year after year.”

“The course has grown substantially over the last seven years and promises to be both testing and fun, making it a great day out.”

“Places are filling up fast, with some waves already sold out, so I’d recommend anyone thinking about taking part to sign up quickly.”

Muddy Mayhem will take place on Sunday September 30th at Hardwick Park. Participants must be aged 16 or over.

The event will begin at 10.00 am, with the runners setting off in waves every 20 minutes until 2.00 pm.

Registration costs £43.00 for the 5K run and £48.00 for the 10K.

To register or to learn more about Muddy Mayhem, please visit www.durham.gov.uk/muddymayhem or email muddymayhemenquiries@durham.gov.uk.

(The featured image shows Dawn Watson and her friends at Muddy Mayhem last year.)

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