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Mal­don is of­ten known as Mal­don-on-the-Mud, and mud is cer­tainly abun­dant in the es­tu­ary. Lo­cals cel­e­brate this with an ex­tra­or­di­nary event called the Mal­don Mud Race. The date of the event is move­able, and it is a fran­tic 550yd (503m) dash across the mud at low tide, start­ing from Prom­e­nade Park. The race be­gan in 1973, when the land­lord of the Queen’s Head pub was chal­lenged to serve a meal on the salt­ings of the river dressed in a din­ner jacket. The land­lord obliged, and re­peated the feat the fol­low­ing year, this time with the ad­di­tion of a bar. 20 peo­ple ran across the river bed, drank a pint of beer and ran back, be­gin­ning the tra­di­tion of the mud race. It died out in 1989, but was re­vived in 1994 and has con­tin­ued in­ter­mit­tently ever since.

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