Hav­ing fun in mud run

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Rais­ing money for char­ity can be a grubby busi­ness - as run­ners found out at a race in aid of Can­cer Re­search UK.

Maid­stone’s Mote Park was over­run with par­tic­i­pants for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Pretty Muddy ob­sta­cle course on Sun­day.

Com­peti­tors took on the chal­leng­ing 5k run, scram­bled over an A-frame, and crawled through a mud pit to do their bit to help beat can­cer.

Chil­dren had the chance to take on the chal­lenge too.

Their course in­cluded an ex­tra ob­sta­cle, where they could shoot down a wa­ter­slide and splash into a pool of mud. Those who weren’t so keen on get­ting dirty took to the park the pre­vi­ous day to com­pete in the Race for Life.

De­spite tem­per­a­tures hit­ting a swel­ter­ing 30 de­grees over the week­end, 6,000 run­ners took part.

Thanks to their ef­forts, the events raised a whop­ping £420,000 which will go to­wards vi­tal re­search.

Jess Ed­wards, events man­ager at Maid­stone Race for Life, said: “Maid­stone did us proud – it was a fan­tas­tic week­end.

“Both days were very hot but peo­ple threw them­selves into it – es­pe­cially on the Sun­day when we had the Pretty Muddy events. The kids loved get­ting soaked in wa­ter and caked in mud. The women were the same – like big kids. And most im­por­tantly of course, ev­ery step each one of them took, was help­ing our scientists beat can­cer.”

Chil­dren dive into the dirt at Can­cer Re­search’s Pretty Muddy run on Sun­day

A spe­cial ver­sion of Pretty Muddy was put on for young­sters, in­clud­ing ob­sta­cles and a mud pit

And they’re off, as the race gets un­der­way in Mote Park (2929565)

(2926829) Run­ners line up in Maid­stone’s Mote Park

(2929582) Some came out mud­dier than others

(2929551) Muddy by name, muddy by na­ture

Run­ning for Can­cer Re­search (2929495)

Tak­ing a turn on the mud slide

(2926817) Many turned out in fancy dress

En­trants ran, walked, and even limped the dis­tance (2929496)

One young run­ner, post-mud pit (2929576)

Cel­e­bra­tions at the fin­ish line at Maid­stone’s Race For Life

Pic­ture: Sean Ai­dan (2926826)

A cheer­lead­ing squad help to raise weary spir­its at the Race for Life

There was also a mud run for adults (2929523)

Pic­ture: Andy Jones (2929556)

Get­ting ready for the start of the race (2929492)

(2926820) Ady Jol­liffe, 10

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