Pipley Woods Mud Bath

Pipley Wood, Lansdown, Bath
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Organiser's Description

The Pipley Woods Mud Bath treats runners to mud, more mud, natural obstacles, water crossings and even more mud! Expect to come back filthy muddy from this really fun event. The route uses public footpaths and trails in the privately owned ancient woodland of Pipley Wood. The paths are naturally water logged at this time of year, and the lesser used ones in Pipley Wood muddy up a treat! We will take you on a tour of the woodland - along gullys, up ravines, over fallen trees and under others. 10k, 5k and 2k Mini Mud Bath - a great event for the whole family!

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  • 2km Min age 3yrs, younger than 6 must be adult accompanied
    £10 CLOSED
  • 5km Min age 12yrs
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10km Min age 14yrs
    £23 CLOSED


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.

Pipley Wood, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset BA1 9BZ, United Kingdom

There will be a shuttle bus running from Lansdown Park & Ride (Bath, BA1 9BJ) which will cost £2.00 for a return journey per adult, £1.00 per child (U16). Dogs are welcome too but must stay off the seats. The bus will drop you off at the edge of the Cotswold Way and it is a short walk to the event village and the start of the Mud Bath!
The bus will run from 08:30 - 11:30. 12:00 - 15:00.

There is ZERO parking on site.

All finishers will take home a custom medal specific to this event year.

Post race buffet of fresh fruit and tasty treats

A number of prizes are awarded, determined by the total number of finishers (male and female combined) in a given race distance.

The opening 2km is through woodland trails, almost completely flat, with some nice sloppy mud in places. The next 800m is open trail along a bridleway, and aside from a few puddles, is pretty easy going. The fun begins with the sharp right turn towards the 3km marker shown on the map below. Here the descent into the woods begin. It is VERY slippery, particularly on Lap 2 when the top layer of grass has worn away. Sliding down on your backside is perfectly acceptable and probably the easiest way to negotiate some of the down hills.

At the bottom of the valley floor there is a little loop, running through and over streams and across completely saturated and boggy banks. This is the muddiest section of the route. After this the uphill climb begins which is a good challenge and becomes more testing as the race goes on as the ground becomes more slick and slippery. When runners emerge they rejoin the bridleway and start to head back towards the start/finish area.

Runners stick to the right at the split to go around for their second lap (10km only), 5km runners and 10km runners upon completion of their second lap bear left as the split to finish under the big red finish gantry.

In order to keep everyone running we will be starting the event off in wave of 100 runners at a time with 10min intervals. This enables everyone to naturally spread out and enjoy the course. All waves are open to runners of all abilities so the choice is yours - but remember, the later you start, the muddier you will get! Please confer with friends and family before you register to ensure you select the same wave if you wish to start together. The different start times are fully accounted for in the results so you can pick any wave and be sure of an accurate finish time.

We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as would like to keep this participation focused.

There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.

There is no charge for accompanying Adults. Adults must be with their children at all times, max ratio of 2 children to 1 adult. The registration form for the child covers the adult accompanying them, no additional form is required. Accompany Adults are not given race numbers, nor are they awarded finishers medals. If any accompanying adult wishes to collect a medal they must register for the event.

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  • 2km Min age 3yrs, younger than 6 must be adult accompanied
    £10 CLOSED
  • 5km Min age 12yrs
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10km Min age 14yrs
    £23 CLOSED

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