Shropshire Mud Run Hits Historic Follies

Everyone from serious runners to fancy dressers will have the chance to take on a 10k challenge in the most inspiring and dramatic terrain when the 2014 Shropshire Mud Run Series hits HawkstonePark Follies on Saturday 20th September.
The park’s woodland trail of winding steps, steep crags and spectacular sandstone caves will form part of the route. Off the main paths there will be breathtaking climbs, hillside scrambles and natural obstacles to dodge, before the ultimate onslaught of the extreme mud trails, normally reserved for 4x4 vehicles.
Participants will raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance Charity, Children with Cancer UK and other charities. Park Manager Caroline Wellon says “The Mud Run is a great fitness challenge, not just for seasoned runners but for beginners too. The unique terrain at the Follies is going to make for an interesting race and competitors will take in some spectacular views along the way. We’re expecting around 500 people to take part and prizes will be given for the 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. Hawkstone is the fourth stop, with the final event taking place at Bomere Lake on Saturday 8th November.

Event organiser Tom Meehan says,“There is a lot of excitement about this round of the 2014 Mud Run Series. Hawkstone offers a truly unique and challenging course for competitors. We can't wait to get stuck in to the hills, caves, trails and mud!”.

Entry costs from £26 per person and participants must be over the age of 18 (16-17 yrs with parent/guardian present). 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 Children with Cancer UK 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

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 Saturday 20th September. The Mud Run starts at 10:30am.


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