Eastnor is a great place for outdoor action with woods, hidden valleys, hills and open parkland inviting the adventurous and energetic to organised events. We have had mountain bike races and triathlons as well as local cadet forces and others training on our land. The first major outdoor event was probably a Scout Jamboree in 1937, which was attended by Lord Baden Powell himself and is commemorated by a grove of oaks planted in the Park.
Two weeks ago, our colleagues from D3 held the first Eastnor Mud Runner challenge, a gruelling 6 mile race in a winding and heavily undulating course through the estate. We knew off-road driving in the mud worked for Land Rover: would it also appeal to athletes? A muddy face on the leaflets and posters seemed to have remarkable appeal, and by the big day we had over 300 entries.
That was all good news. The organisation was good and everyone turned up at the right place. But there was a concern, after a month without rain, that there would not be enough mud and we would disappoint our contestants. In the event, all went well.
The springs in the woods were still working and a final section across a shallow part of the lake ensured that there was lots of mud to be hosed off afterwards when the contestants finished in the castle courtyard.
A local team won more prizes than the rest, and we are looking forward to hosting another event like this next autumn on 17th October 2010 …. and possibly one earlier if we can.
Start training NOW if you are interested! JH-B