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Eastnor Castle Mud Bath

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Hereford

Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Ledbury HR8 1RL, UK

Sun 11th October 2020

Starting at 11:00

7 races

£13.00 - £30.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

WE ARE BACK!!

Our event plans have been officially signed off by the Safety Advisory Group for Events. Public Health England, the police, ambulance service and all council departments have shown their full support for our new event format, and the event as a whole follows all government guidance on social distancing and hygiene practices.

The format is new, the feel is a little different, but these are still going to be great events and we couldn't be more excited to be bring you safe and enjoyable events once again.

C-19 PLAN
Relish Running races has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

--- Bookings for this event are on hold due to ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus. The race organiser will be in touch with you in due course if you have made a booking for this event. ---

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.

Races

  • 1.5 Km

    £13.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 3

    CLOSED
  • 1.5 Km

    £13.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 7

    CLOSED
  • 3 Km

    £13.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 3

    CLOSED
  • 3 Km

    £13.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 7

    CLOSED
  • 6 Km

    £25.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 10

    CLOSED
  • 6 Km

    £25.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 12

    CLOSED
  • 10 Km

    £30.00

    Min Age 14

    CLOSED

Book

  • 1.5 Km

    £13.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 3

    CLOSED
  • 1.5 Km

    £13.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 7

    CLOSED
  • 3 Km

    £13.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 3

    CLOSED
  • 3 Km

    £13.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 7

    CLOSED
  • 6 Km

    £25.00

    Adult Accompanied - Min Age 10

    CLOSED
  • 6 Km

    £25.00

    Unaccompanied - Min Age 12

    CLOSED
  • 10 Km

    £30.00

    Min Age 14

    CLOSED
Location

Race HQ will be set up in the fields adjacent to Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1EN

How To Get There

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

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.

What's Included

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)

Event Details

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 :-)

Competitor Information

Safety

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.

Spectators

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.

Race Registration

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.

Bag Storage

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!

Course Markings

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.

Refreshments

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.

Results

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.

Prizes

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

Race briefing takes place at the start line.

Schedule

Course Details

3km / 1.5km Course Description

The 3km is a two lap course. The 1.5km is a one lap course. The run starts with a footwash in a gentle brook before the course turns right and along into Eastnor grounds. Here there is a selection of cargo nets to climb under as the route loops around Eastnor Castle. We have a selection of water based obstacles based around the first of the estate streams. There are a number of options; 1) Take the footbridge over the water 2) Drop down into the water and cross the stream 3) Drop down into the water, duck under the footbridge and run along the stream. The water is about 60cm deep and the stream bed is very muddy. We suggest adults test the water as to which route is most appropriate for them and their children. As this is a fun run, we are not going to categorise the results according to which route children take. Whilst times are recorded, there are no winners prizes, we would rather everyone has an enjoyable run which is pitched at the right level for the little runners enjoyment and ability. Once through the water obstacles, there is another 600m to run to get around to the finish back in the event village. 1.5km runners head direct to the finish. 3km runners bear right to go round for a second lap.

6km Course Description

This is a single loop course. Starting with a quick footbath, your feet will not stay dry, so embrace the water :-) there is then a short section through the castle grounds. There is an out and back section shortly before a road crossing. Please stick to the left hand side, as runners will be going in both directions at this point, and follow the instructions of the marshals at the road crossing, we do remind you that the final decision to cross a road is yours and yours alone. After a short climb and a contour along a hillside, you will reach the Land Rover test tracks! The whole course will be filthy muddy, please be a supportive runner and help your fellow competitors along, make space for runners from later waves coming through. If you are a fast runner coming through, remember that not everyone may be as confident as you and giving a few seconds of your time to make a safe and considerate pass will make all the difference to everyone’s enjoyment at the end of the day. One of the first obstacles you will encounter is the Bomb Holes. How much rain we have will determine which Bomb Holes we send the route through, but you get the idea :-) 500m after the Bomb Holes there is a split in the course. 6km runners will turn right, for your next challenge: The Rollercoaster, a run of rises and falls on deep muddy tracks. The central muddy section is extremely slippery, the vehicle tracks a little less so, the edge is still pretty steep - remember to go with what you feel comfortable with. You are now at the bottom edge of the woods which means you need to clamber out along more muddy test tracks. Once out of the woods there is a drinks station at the top of the woods, with great views off to your left hand side. There is some free running now while you descend back to the road crossing point. Please stick to the left hand side along here to allow runners to go in both directions. Once across the road, remain on the left hand side as you climb back into the estate. Next up is the swamp! In order to get to the swamp, you must first duck under a footbridge over the estate stream, follow this for 25m until you reach the swamp itself. It is super thick mud, with water about 80cm high in places. Once again, particularly those running with young children, please assess whether your child is going to happy doing this, taking the route around the edge if perfectly acceptable :-) Once you emerge from the swamp, follow the course over the footbridge and follow the signs with FINISH on, or which say 6km. At this point 10km runners are going around for their second lap and you don’t want to be following them! After another 500m of skirting around the event village you cross the finish line with the backdrop of the castle behind you.

10km Course Description

This is two single loop course; one loop of 8.5km followed by one loop of 1.5km. Starting with a quick footbath, your feet will not stay dry, so embrace the water :-) there is then a short section through the castle grounds. There is an out and back section shortly before a road crossing. Please stick to the left hand side, as runners will be going in both directions at this point, and follow the instructions of the marshals at the road crossing, we do remind you that the final decision to cross a road is your and yours alone. After a short climb and a contour along a hillside, you will reach the Land Rover test tracks! The whole course will be filthy muddy, please be a supportive runner and help your fellow competitors along, make space for runners from later waves coming through, and if you are a fast runner coming through, remember that not everyone may be as confident as you and giving a few seconds of your time to make a safe and considerate pass will make all the difference to everyone’s enjoyment at the end of the day. One of the first obstacles you will encounter is the Bomb Holes. How much rain we have will determine which Bomb Holes we send the route through, but you get the idea :-) After 500m there is a split in the course. 10km runners will go straight on to find some extra mud and distance, before looping back to this split point. Among the notable mud pits on this 10km section of the course is the Shoe Swallower. Please ensure your shoes are suitably secure, we will not be going searching for any lost shoes post race! After a few more muddy trails, the next obstacle of note will be The Rollercoaster, a run of rises and falls on deep muddy tracks. The central muddy section is extremely slippery, the vehicle tracks a little less so, the edge is still pretty steep - remember to go with what you feel comfortable with. You are now at the bottom edge of the woods which means you need to clamber out along more muddy test tracks. Once out of the woods there is a drinks station at the top of the woods, with great views off to your left hand side. There is some free running now while you descend back to the road crossing point. Please stick to the left hand side along here to allow runners to go in both directions. Once across the road, remain on the left hand side as you climb back into the estate. Next up is the swamp! In order to get to the swamp, you must first duck under a footbridge over the estate stream, follow this for 25m until you reach the swamp itself. It is super thick mud, with water about 80cm high in places, taking the route around the edge if perfectly acceptable :-) Once you emerge from the swamp, follow the course over the footbridge and follow the signs which say LAP 2 (RIGHT ARROW). This lap gives you a chance to dry off a little following your immersion in the swamp and take in some more of this beautiful estate, with a lap around the lake and the castle grounds. Before too long you will be back at the swamp area, only this time you will take the footbridge over the first stream and step down into the second stream for one last dunking, before the final 500m dash to the finish line with the stunning castle in the background.

Reviews

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4.8

3 reviews

JH
James

·2 years ago

Great course,. It was an excellent course, staff very friendly, the only slight let down is it would of been nice if there was somewhere to get changed afterwords. Other than that was an amazing day
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Zara

·2 years ago

Amazingly organised. This was Awesome never ran before and I would def. one back to attack the 6k again. Soo much fun
Amy

·2 years ago

Brilliant fun day.. First time doing anything like this. Absolutely fantastic fun.

Location

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Hereford