Man-Up in the Mud

A gloriously calm, sunny Saturday greeted 100 mud runners at Celtic Camping this December, for the 2014 winter ‘Man-Up in the Mud’ 10k Challenge.

Local mud runner Ben Sutton got off to a flying start, leading the pack from start to finish in 40 minutes 18 seconds. First woman home, and 7th overall to cross the line, was Tenby Aces’ Kirsty Murray in 47 minutes 26 seconds.

Out in the fields the spirit of the challenge was that of pure, unadulterated fun. A reindeer was seen in hot pursuit of a couple of fairies and Santa hats were out in full force.

Helping hands were to be found at every mud hole, with slippery competitors hanging back to help their fellow runners get unstuck.

And possibly a bit too much fun was had by the ladies of Haverfordwest RFC, who were to be heard laughing from start to finish as their team waded their way through the course, smiling throughout.

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As if running through muddy fields, diving into a pond and wading through knee-deep muddy trenches wasn’t enough runners also tackled large straw bale ‘walls’, horse jumps and the infamous ‘skips’, one skip filled with muddy water, the other loose straw. If competitors didn’t finish looking like a straw monster they just weren’t trying hard enough.

Teamwork and the spirit of community was very much the order of the day to ensure the last runners got home. With finishers delighted to dive into the last water tank of hot water, to wash off the mornings challenge.

All in all a great morning was enjoyed by spectators, runners and organisers alike. A big well done to all who took part.

Up for the challenge? Celtic Camping will be hosting the next Man-Up Race, the ‘Really Wild Mud Run’, on the 23rd May 2015. This race will coincide with the 2015 Really Wild Food Festival, which will be hosted on the farm next May.

Entries for the May run will soon open, so if you fancy taking part at the warmer end of the year check out their website: Man Up

Are you 'Man' enough to take the Man-Up in the Mud Challenge? Make a weekend of it, book your bed to lay your head (make sure you're clean first!) then share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter.

See you next year?

 I just got back from Wales and hiking the Pembrokeshire coast. Best vacation I have ever had. 
Beckie Large-Swope, Colorado

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