Sunday 30th September was a date eagerly anticipated by many and feared by a few as it marked the final main charitable challenge event of the year for the Durham 2021 Festival.
Billed as the North East’s ultimate obstacle course, Muddy Mayhem, set in the 18th Century parkland of Hardwick Park, Sedgefield certainly lived up to its reputation.
Competitors were challenged to run, climb, jump and plod their way around the 5K or 10K course, (3.1 & 6.2 miles in old money) braving over 40 man-made and natural challenges.
The obstacles ranged from cargo nets to climbing walls and tunnels to freezing open water with lots of other muddy surprises along the way. The event was perfect for anyone willing to test their stamina, agility and strength – but most importantly to also have fun!
Runners set off in waves, with the 30 “Durham 2021 Festival Wave” setting off at 11am.
Everyone who took part certainly gained something, be it completing a challenge event for the first time, or beating a previous best time. At the end, one thing shone out, the coming together to have fun and raise some sponsorship money was fun and Muddy Mayhem is something that can certainly be ticked off a bucket list.
The fundraising has been phenomenal with the total stands at over £10,000. Well done to everyone who’s taken part – you’ve been amazing!
A complete set of photos can be seen on our Flickr account.