Squelch, Squish and Slide to Victory

The 2013 Shropshire Mud Run Series is kicking off in style at Hawkstone Park Follies on Saturday 28th September, giving fitness fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to take on a unique 10k challenge in the most inspiring and dramatic terrain.

Runners will encounter the park’s woodland trail of winding steps, tree roots and steep crags, before disappearing inside the spectacular stone caves. Off the mainpaths there will be breathtaking climbs, hillside scrambles and natural obstacles to dodge, before the ultimate onslaught of the grueling mud trails, normally reserved for 4x4 vehicles!

Participants will raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance Charity and other causes. Park Manager Caroline Wellon says “We are expecting around 250 people to take part in our first ever Mud Run. While the route is challenging, it’s also a lot of fun and I would encourage everyone from first timers to seasoned multi-terrain runners to give it a try. Prizes will be given for quickest, slowest, best fancy dress and muddiest competitors!”.

The Shropshire Mud Run Series has been organised in partnership with Ultimate Fitness Experience, which runs activities such as outdoor bootcamps, caveman training and mountain bike racing across the Shropshire region. The next event in the Mud Run series will take place Marshbrook in Church Stretton on 30th November.

Entry costs £31 per person and participants must be over the age of 18. Runners should have a reasonable level of fitness, although there is no pressure to run continuously. Spectators can enter the park for free, although car parking donations for Midland Air Ambulance Charity will be gratefully received. Refreshments will be available inside the park.

Entries will close two weeks before the event or when all allocated spaces are filled. To enter individually or as a team please visit www.fitnessexperience.co.uk/events

Please note that due to the nature of the terrain, much of The Follies is unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The park will be closed to general visitors until 1pm on 28th September. Mud Run starts at 10:30am.

Information is also available bycalling 01948 841777 or visiting www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

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