Fall in recruits! I’m beginning to think you lot are gluttons for punishment!

More of you than ever before completed one of my mud runs this Spring with in excess of 5000 completed missions.

The top turnout was at the Major North where 2184 of you trudged through the mud and brought home the bling at a wondrously muddy Bramham Park near Leeds. A special mention in dispatches goes to brave bride-to-be Amy Piplica who took part in the event for her a hen do – a treat organised by her best mate Rachel who took command of her Bride Squad and decked them all out in Hen head bands for the occasion. You’ll be able to read her full story in due course. Meanwhile, I’d like to wish her and her fiance Gavin a very happy wedding day on 20 April.

The Midlands event was also well attended with 1150 recruits falling in – and falling over – including netball-playing student Sian Summers from the University of Derby, who was taking part in her very first obstacle course race at Ragley Hall in Alcester. It’s the third year that the university netball club has taken part in my event but this year they had the biggest team ever with 17 members raising a massive £1600 between them for the children’s charity Action Medical Research. A specially shiny No Mud No Glory medal to Sian and her fellow sportswomen.

The medal for valour at the Major South goes to 56-year-old Caroline Bellamy whom we nicknamed ‘Mumstacle’ as she was gifted her place in the 5km wave by her generous son Adam Jacobs from the team at Mudstacle. Caroline said taking part in her first ever mud run was the most fun she had had in years – and she was still smiling at the finish!

And the muddy fun’s not yet over for this year! This autumn’s events have been redrawn. Always mindful of logistics, we’ve shifted the south of England event east so that more raw recruits can access it. Top brass have called it the Woodland Warfare event – largely because it will feature lots of woods. They’re clever like that! So you might have a few log carries before you march through the mud towards your finisher’s medal. This is happening at Black Park Country Park near Slough on 30 September 2017 so book yourself or your team in quick sharp.

We’re also laying on an Amphibious Assault course at the same location as the Major North in the north of England on 14 October. Here you’ll be able to wade through the wilderness and trudge through the trenches towards that all-important finish line.

Both runs are five miles in distance – long enough to be a challenge but short enough for someone on basic training and meagre rations to smash through so don’t you worry. See our training plan to get prepped!

Toodle pip!

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