THE RUN DOWN

Street Machine - - Tough Mudders -

THE Mud Run be­gan 10 years ago as Webby’s Mud Run, on a mate’s pri­vate plot of land. When it got too big for Webby’s mate’s paddock, they called it quits for a year – un­til Joal Butcher dis­cov­ered East Gres­ford Show­grounds. “It was per­fect,” said Webby. “Great fa­cil­i­ties and a nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre. Ev­ery­one can see.”

The guys did their home­work and pre­sented their case to the show­ground trust. The only stum­bling block was how to re­pair the arena sur­face after the event. The so­lu­tion? Run the Mud Run be­fore the an­nual rodeo, which needs a churned-up sur­face. The trust gave them a trial and off they went.

Since then, the Mud Run has be­come the big­gest money-spin­ner for the town, and the or­gan­is­ing crew have re­fined their for­mula for sus­tain­able suc­cess ever since. The Mud Run is in­vite-only and strictly off the grid, with no web­site or emails. Car en­tries are lim­ited to just 60 cars to en­sure that ev­ery­one gets plenty of track time. And a strict ‘no dick­heads’ pol­icy en­sures ev­ery­one has a good time!

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