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Muddy Good Fun!!
Muddy Good Fun!!
The concept of a mud-run is pretty simple: lots of people, lots of mud and usually some obstacles to make things more interesting. Scotland would, to most, seem to be an obvious place to hold such an event and indeed with plenty of mud on supply there are a good number of events which take place throughout the year.
These events range in size from less than one hundred participants, to enormous events with tens of thousands of runners, and vary in design and distance, ranging from a mile up to half marathon distances. All have one thing in common, a need for suitable land on which to run the events and the car parking and race ‘village’ which comes with it. Due to the size, complexity and timescale of setting up these events, these cannot readily be arranged on public grounds, and as such this ‘industry’ relies on privately owned land.
The largest events in Scotland, Tough Mudder and Spartan, have operated for the last 5 or so years with about 100,000 participants between them, and on each occasion these massive events have taken place on estates owned by members of Scottish Land and Estates. Both of these events are also great opportunities to raise funds for charities.
Smaller home-grown events are also prevalent in Scotland, and these include the Muddy Trials Events hosted and run by Craufurdland Estate (SLE Member). With established events every Spring and Autumn, the estate has now run 9 races over its course of mud and more mud! With between 700-900 runners at each of the last 4 races, these events are a big thing locally and growing in reputation nationally. The events, a 5km, 10km and Muddy Mile (aimed at under 12’s), are used extensively by schools, clubs and teams to raise funds, with teams of up to 50 children form one club recently taking part. As well as supporting local charity fundraising, Muddy Trials entry fees include a 7% donation to nominated charities and at the last race £1000 was donated from race fees.
Muddy Trials at Craufurdland estate also won a fairly unusual accolade in April 2016: “BEST FOR MUD” at the annual Obstacle Course Racing Scotland Awards!