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Kester WilkinsonMud Runner:  Eastnor Castle 11 October 2009

Cross country runners with a competitive spirit who don’t mind getting muddy are being offered the chance to run in a new race at Eastnor Castle on Sunday 11th October.

For the very first time Land Rover Experience have generously opened the tracks that are used to develop and test the worlds best all terrain vehicles for Mud Runner.  This is a unique chance for intrepid athletes looking for the ultimate challenge, the course is 6ish arduous cross country miles around the Eastnor Estate over a variety of terrain and conditions from rolling grassland to mud, wet mud and sticky mud.  The course includes hills, water filled pits, muddy banks and more mud, runners will ultimately get very wet!

David Littlewood, Assistant General Manager for Eastnor Castle said; “We are really excited about Mud Runner which is a new event at Eastnor, that will offer a unique opportunity for cross country runners to run on tracks designed for vehicles, but at the same time the chance to explore hidden areas within the Eastnor Estate albeit muddy ones!  We are getting lots of interest and it is also a great opportunity for competitors to run for their chosen charity”.

One of the competitors signed up is local man Kester Wilkinson from Pixley, Nr Nr Ledbury who is no stranger to adventure races and has taken part in some of the world’s toughest challenges.  From a 65mile run to France – to the Marathon Des Sables, a 150 mile staged race through the Sahara desert he is looking forward to taking part in Mud Runner and is hoping that the mud will slow up some of the faster runners and for once he won’t be at the back.  He says “I am keen to take part in this muddy race although stupid, it should be a lot of fun and a good thrash through a long muddy puddle”. Kester will be joined by his wife Zinnia for the run and will be raising money for the Hereford Haven charity.

More information can be obtained from the website www.mudrunner.co.uk.