Eastnor Castle Mud Bath
Eastnor Castle is the home of the Land Rover test centre, and over 60 miles of trails wind through the deer park and woodland. These man-made trenches and troughs exaggerate the natural terrain to give a year round muddy experience, and maintained with additional water, these mud pits are just as lovely in the Summer as they are in the Winter!
We will be making the most of the terrain as it lies, picking the muddiest trails the Estate has to offer. There will be a few natural obstacles - fallen trees to navigate, gullies to cross and of course, lots of mud to roll in! And in between the mud, there are some good hills. Everyone is very welcome to come and take part in our 10k, 6k, 3k or 1.5k mini mud bath.
Race HQ will be set up in the fields adjacent to Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1EN
Bath - 90mins by car
Bristol - 60mins by car
Birmingham - 30mins by car
The nearest train station is in Ledbury which is 6 miles away.
Parking is £1 per car on the gate, if you could have this ready it would be much appreciated
Use the postcode for the Eastnor Deer Castle Deer Park, HR8 1EN. Please do not Google Eastnor Castle as you will get the wrong postcode and probably end up driving up right to the Castle doors….! The postcode will get you onto the correct approach. When you see the large Relish Running signs (white background, red text) please follow these to the event car park and disregard your SatNav's instructions.
All finishers will take home a custom medal, specific to the event and year, as well as helping themselves to our buffet of fresh fruit, jelly beans, and other tasty treats!
Prizes for the 6km and 10km
A range of caterers selling hot drinks and food, as well as our hog roast and beer tents.
Toilets, changing tents and bag storage on site. (Definitely consider bringing a change of clothes for after the race)
To allow the runners spread out we are splitting up the events into waves. This is important for safety, to ensure runners are well spread out on the tricky sections of the course. It is also very important for our results, which are recorded and posted live to our website by magic, but you do need to start in the correct wave for this to work.
Runners aged 6 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Min age 3. There is no charge for the accompanying adult, unless they wish to claim a finishers medal, at which point we ask they register as well. Maximum ratio of 2 children to 1 adult.
Muddy and water sections are deep in places. We suggest adults test the water for depth before children enter the water, there will be dry alternative routes. Children must cross the line with accompanied adult in their category or no result will be recorded.
Distances are approximate and we reserve the right to add on a few metres to find some extra good muddy bits :-)
You can pick your own line on the muddy and watery sections of the course. We want everyone to enjoy themselves, and take running lines you feel comfortable with is key to doing this. There is no pressure to run down the middle of a steep slope - sit and shuffle down, or once you have got sufficient mud up your shorts, consider taking the firmer ground around the outside. Unless you have climbing gear and crampons, eventually everyone will have to put at least one foot on the firmer ground to climb out of some of these obstacles. There is no shame, there is no cheating, we want everyone to have a fun, safe and enjoyable time above all else.
As this is a relatively narrow course that disappears into the distance we recommend that spectators stay at the Race Village site and cheer their runners in over the finish line.
We are not posting out any numbers for this event, all numbers will be available to collect on the day. Number Collection and On the Day Registrations will open from 09:00. Number Collection will be according to your EVENT WAVE, not your race wave, with signs hanging from the gazebos above the relevant desk. For example, 10km wave 1 runners may be the 4th wave to start, so their number will be collected from the desk labelled WAVE 4. (If your race number can be clearly seen as you cross the line that will greatly assist in recording your results. And if you have pre ordered food, remember your race number is also your meal ticket!)
Runners who register on the day will be assigned a wave according to the first available wave. Waves are not organised by predicted finish time, waves allow runners to spread out over the course. Registration will remain open so long as there are still waves to start.
Please see below for full breakdown of waves and start times. It will not be possible to swap waves; if you start in the incorrect wave you will be disqualified.
There is a bag storage gazebo. Please either fill out a luggage label, or most race numbers have a tear off section at the bottom which can be removed and looped through your bag.
Toilets and Changing Tents
There will be portaloos by the start area. There will be a small changing tent, partitioned into male and female sections towards the finish area. We recommend you come changed, with warm clothes on top, and then get changed into them again after the event. We have a swamp near the end of the course to help wash the mud off. There are no showers, just the swamp!
Our courses are marked with bright multi directional arrows. There are used for turns and periodically along straight ahead sections. We will also be putting down orange temporary marking paint, but given the mud on the course we would not rely on too much of this being around once the first wave of runners has gone through. The vast majority of our courses are marked with Relish Running Races branded tape which will be hanging from trees overhead and along the side of fences. It has a white background and a red print of the Relish Running Races logo.
There will be a coffee van, as well as Hog Roast and beer. Servings may be limited on the day, as we need to ensure everyone who pre booked gets a a serving.
As we are in an internet black spot and will not be leaving site until 10pm when everything is packed away, we will post results around midday on Monday.
There are no prizes for the 1.5km or 3km events. There are prizes for the 6km and 10km, with the final quantity of prizes being dependent on the number of finishers on the day. We will contact all the prize winners 2-3 days after the race, once the results have been finalised.
Race briefing takes place at the start line.
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