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Mud Runner Classic, the 10km off road run at Eastnor Castle, took place on Sunday 16th October and even in the current dry conditions the muddy swamps were numerous and very thick! 

There was also a Junior race of 5 km for children aged 5-15 years which was a tough but fun course filled with challenging mud troughs and obstacles.  200 children took part this year and appeared to love every minute of it!

The main race had a record number of entries and the atmosphere was fantastic with a large number of spectators to cheer the runners around the course.  What inspired many of the runners was the amazing achievement of the first wheelchair competitor for Mud Runner.   Rick Rodger’s, from South East London, is a disabled athlete who showed how a team of determined people and an off road wheelchair (The Mountain Trike) can overcome just about any obstacle! 

Rick described the day as a blur of adrenalin fuelled madness!  Accompanied by the wheelchair designer Ed Elias and a team of his friends they put the Mountain Trike through its toughest test to date and it survived!  Rick said that the highlight of the day was coming down the river bed with everyone cheering on the banks as the finish line came into view (finish time was 3:39:46). Ed is also looking for more people willing to compete in future Mud Runner events on the Mountain Trike.

Men’s Results     Female Results
James Bingham – 55:46   Roz Viner        – 1:06:59
John Pullen    –  55:49   Niki Morgan   –  1:08:20
Colin Brearly   –  57:54   Holly Blount    –  1:09:17

Junior Boys Results    Junior Girls Results
James Southall      – 19:43   Sophie Beckingham  – 23:12
Joshua Matthews –  20:07   Hattie Barnett          –  24:44
Jacob Payne         –  21:44   Briony Bishop           –  25:38

For further information: www.mudrunner.co.uk