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Thursday 18 December 2014

Mudbath mayhem turns Portadown into Apocalypse Now

Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker
Competitors getting down and dirty during the McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event yesterday in Portadown: Pacemaker

Visitors who ended up at Foymore Lodge yesterday may have wondered if they had landed in the middle of a scene from Apocalypse Now.

An incredible 1,000 people got down and dirty for a good cause at this year’s McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mud Madness yesterday, in hopes of smashing last year’s fundraising total of over £27,000.

Professional athletes, casual joggers and a former Miss Northern Ireland in the form of Tiffany Brien, battled their way across four-and-a-half miles of bogs and ponds at the Portadown country pursuits centre.

They were confronted with a gruelling array of 25 challenges, including cargo nets, water sprays, monkey bars and inflatable obstacles, all in aid of charity partner Marie Curie Cancer Care. Competitors arrived from all over Northern Ireland as well as the Republic, England, Scotland and Germany and the US to compete in the muddy event at Foymore Lodge, Portadown.

Such was the scale of demand — with Mud Madness selling out in record time — that another event has been scheduled for later this year.

To get one of 100 early bird entries for that event, log in to www.myraceentries.com/mud|madness.

The race will take place at Foymore Lodge on Sunday, September 14.

There will be two races: one at 11am and one at 2pm, each limited to 500 competitors.

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