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Newlyweds take the plunge in charity mud race

By Edel O'Connell

A newly-married couple proved they were no stick-in-the-muds, getting down and dirty for a great cause yesterday.

They were among 600 professional athletes, casual joggers and people who are just a bit bonkers who enjoyed a muddy experience at Mud Madness - the ultimate off-road challenge through the fields, bogs and ponds of Portadown.

The event was organised to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care which provides end-of-life care to cancer patients in their homes.

Competitors came from far and wide to take part in the wacky race at Foymore Lodge.

Karina and Brian McCarthy, from Midleton in Co Cork, who were married last Thursday, enjoyed a mucky start to their honeymoon along with their best man and chief bridesmaid.

"We did the mud race in March of last year and it was such fun that we decided we would do it this year for our hen and stag parties, but it ended up falling after our wedding, so, at the last minute, we decided to go for it anyway and brought along the best man and chief bridesmaid," Karina said.

Organiser Johnny Davis said: "We had a fantastic turn-out for this year's Mud Madness with a variety of runners travelling from across Ireland and as far afield as Germany to take part."

"We raised much-needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care which was the most important aspect of the day."

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