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Wednesday 1 October 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
13/4/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. FREE USEAGE. MUDDY GOOD FUN: This years McVities Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness sold out in record time as one thousand people scrambled to secure their place to get down and dirty for a great cause and with hopes of smashing last years fundraising total of over £27,000. Competitors came from all over Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Germany and the US to compete in the wacky race at Foymore Lodge, Portadown.  Professional athletes, casual joggers and people who are just a bit bonkers made their way across four and half miles of bogs and ponds, under cargo nets, across monkey bars and over inflatable obstacles all in aid of charity partner Marie Curie Cancer Care. Due to the extraordinary public demand a new McVities Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness event on Sunday September 14. Entries are now open, with 100 early-bird spaces available at www.myraceentries.co.uk/mudmadness. PICTURE ARTHUR ALLISON/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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