River Dart Mud Run
13th October 2019,
River Dart Country Park, Ashburton, Devon.
Following the success of the last 6 years, the Mud and Sweat Mud Run Event 2019, will again be taking place at The River Dart Country Park, Ashburton. This year will be even bigger and better!
In addition to the 5km and 10km races for both Solo Runners and Teams, we will also be running our popular Kids Race for under 16's of approximately 2.5km - the Kids Super Hero Race will be supporting our nominated charity CAP UK. New for this year, will also be the option for kids to enter as a team.
All races will be exciting and tough off road running races - expect some small natural and man-made obstacles (scramble nets, water, tunnels, pirate ships) and plenty of mud!
There are huge discounts on offer for getting a team together, and also the earlier you enter, the cheaper it is!
For a Video From Last Years Event - Click HERE
The Mud Run is a friendly, fun event and as challenging as you want to make it.
The course is set in open meadows and dense woodland alongside the beautiful River Dart. The obstacles are a mixture of natural and man made being both creative and thrilling. There is something for everyone whether you are running solo, as part of a team, raising money for charity or supporting someone in the event, the park has so much more to offer to make it a great day out for everyone.
For those new to this sort of event, or who prefer a shorter distance, we will also be running a Shorter Mud Run (5km), which will include most of the obstacles on the 10km, just half the distance! The 5km and 10km events are only open to runners over the age of 18. 16’s and over may enter, as long as their entry form is countersigned by a parent or guardian.
For the Under 16’s, we will have a shorter race ‘The Super Hero Mud Run’ of approximately 2.5km, which will have most of the obstacles, but less running. This event will take place at an entirely different time on the day, to the adults’ race. We will also be splitting the Super Hero Mud Run into three races, one for 7-9 year olds, one for 10-12 year olds and one for 13-15 year olds. A parent may accompany their child in the 7-9 and 10-12 race - just book a space during checkout.
We are also offering discounted Family Tickets this year - why not book 2 adults into either the 5km/10km Mud Run and 2 children into the Super Hero Mud Run ... make it a family day out!
Directions to The River Dart Country Park:
Follow the brown tourist signs to the River Dart Country Park from the Peartree Junction on the A38 by Ashburton. Peartree junction is the second Ashburton junction when travelling from the Exeter direction. If you are using satellite navigation, look out for the River Dart Country Park sign as you approach the Park. Some Sat Navs can take you on a Dartmoor adventure ending up in a nearby field!
The postcode for the Park is TQ13 7NP.
Runners who enter the 5km and 10km events, will be split into the categories below and prizes will be awarded to each category winner.
We will also have spot prizes for the best fancy dress and the most amount raised for charity.
On The Day - Timings of the Event
Please note, nothing is posted to you, prior to the event – you will collect your Race Number and Timing Chip at Registration.
If you are at the event on your own, we will have a safe key drop at registration.
You must bring along your completed Waiver and Consent Form to registration – please ensure it is completed fully before registering, to speed up the process (no form – no run!). Go to the 'waiver' section to access both the Adult and Child forms.
Provisional Event Start Times: All Times TBC the week before Event - check back to this page and/or on Facebook.
Registration will be open from 9am (in the Picnic Meadow - first field on your left, after you have gone over the bridge). The parking for the event will be in The River Dart Country Park’s main Pay & Display Car Park – approximately a 5 minute walk from the Event Field.
10.30am – Warm Up and Briefing for Mini Mud Run Entrants (7-9, 10-12 and 13-15 Years).
10.40am – Age 13-15 Race Start
10.45am - Age 10-12 Race Start
10.50am – Age 7-9 Race Start
11.45am – Warm Up and Briefing for 5km Entrants (Teams and Solos)
12pm – 5km Race Start
12.05pm – Warm Up and Briefing for 10km Entrants (Teams and Solos).
12.20pm – 10km Race Start
Upon finishing the race all participants must ensure that they dib the finish (which stops their time), they must then proceed to the download point in the marquee, where the electronic timing chip/dibber must be returned and the information on this dibber will be downloaded to the results computer.
Approximately 3pm - Prize Giving will take place once all participants have finished, and the team times have been calculated. We hope this will be sometime between 3pm and 4pm, but we will make announcements with the exact time, via the PA system on the day.
What About Spectators?
Spectators are welcome and are free to walk around the area and view the different obstacles from a safe mud-free distance - we love vocal, cheering spectators!
If you are supporting a Mud Run participant, there will be no charge to access the River Dart Country Park – just a car parking fee of £4 (for 2 hours) or £8 (for all day) per vehicle – this fee is refundable, if you spend £10 or more on a main meal in the café. The Sawmill Café will also be open on the day, serving hot/cold food and drinks
This year, we will again be offering super early bird prices and discounts for teams of 6 or more people (in both the adults and the Kids races). The prices rise, the closer we get to the event …. we expect demand for this event to be high, so to guarantee your place - enter soon!
For teams (in both the adults and kids races), if you get a team of 6 or more people together to form a team, we will give you a 10% discount (up to a maximum team size of 12). For the race, the team times will be calculated, by collating all team members times and working out the average time (all participants in the team must finish the race!). Teams can either choose to race together, or run individually or in smaller groups.
New for this year, we are also offering a Family Ticket (for 2 adults and 2 Kids), that gives you a 10% discount on the individual prices.
What Your Entry Fee Includes
Event Memento for Every Entrant (not accompanying adults on the kids races)
Medal for Every Finisher
For all Kids Super Hero Entries, a £2 donation will be made to our nominated charity CAP UK
Event Centre Facilities including Toilets, Hot Showers, Drinking Water and On Site Catering
Use of Electronic Timing, Race Bib Number, Web Results Service
Full Route Marking, Permissions and Access for the Area, Event Public Liability Insurance and First Aid Cover
Online Entry/Registration Fee and VAT
Parking is charged at £4 for 2 hours or £8 for all day (there are Pay & Display machines at The River Dart Country Park) – the parking fee is refundable if you spend £10 or more on a main meal in the Sawmill Café
Some Hints And Tips For Entering
We use SiEntries as our entry platform. To use the SiEntries system you must first Register your Details. Registering for the system allows you to view and modify any entries you make, memberships you join or goods you purchase. Once you have registered, you will be able to enter the event.
Select your category – either 10km, 5km, Kids Super Hero Mud Run of Family Ticket. Then choose your team size; whether you are an Solo, Team of 3-5 People (for 10km or 5km), a Team of 6 or more or Family.
For teams of 6 or more, individuals entering this category automatically get a 10% discount. If you subsequently do not manage to get 6 people to enter your team, you will have to pay back this discount - there will be a tick box to say you are happy to do this.
If you wish to purchase a Family Ticket which covers 2 adults in the 10km or 5km and 2 kids in the Super Hero Mud Run - first choose whether you would like the adults to enter the 10km or 5km events and enter all 4 of you - again, a 10% discount is automatically applied to this type of ticket.
You can enter multiple people at at time - so a person can enter all members of their team if they wish.
'Team Information' - If you are a team you can either create a team, or if you are joining an existing team, just choose from the dropdown list.
'Participant Information' - Easy, fill in the boxes. The postcode field should have a space in the middle e.g. EX5 8PT.
Date of Birth – please enter it in the following format DD/MM/YYYY (so 30th May 1980 would be entered 30/05/1980)
If you have a nervous child aged 7-12, and wish to accompany them around the Kids Super Hero Mini Mud Run, you can purchase an 'Accompanying Adult' ticket for £8.50 - just tick the relevant box.
'Terms and Conditions' - read and if you are happy with the terms, accept these as part of your conditions of entry.
Next page 'Review Basket & Checkout' - enter payment details. You can apply any discount codes at this point.
For further information go to FAQ's.
Refunds and Changes
Please note, we will be unable to provide refunds on entry payments in the event of dropping out of the event (including injury), as per the terms and conditions agreed to during the entry process. From the moment we begin to organise an event, we start to incur costs. Your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event - everything from printing to marshals, from race numbers to marketing. Organising any event requires a considerable amount of forward planning, risk and expense. Therefore we are unable to offer refunds or defer entries. However, if you wish to change category after entering, or want to transfer your entry to another person – you can do this up to 7 days before the event. Please note, a £3 admin fee will be payable for swapping category or for name changes – for either of these services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the 5/10km Route Maps and the Super Hero Mini Mud Run Route Map:
A sense of fun and adventure!
A change of clothes and a towel for showering.
Enough cash for car parking (Pay & Display machines) and pre/post-race massage, food and drink.
Come prepared for a full day out.
In terms of what to wear for the race, we recommend off-road running shoes and clothes that are reasonably quick drying. To minimise cuts and grazes from obstacles and undergrowth, we also recommend full arm and leg covering.
A platypus or similar hydration system – for those on the 10km event, there will be a table with cups of water on, after the first lap at the halfway point, and all participants will be given a bottle of water at the finish.
Fancy Dress is optional – but actively encouraged – there are spot prizes for the best individuals or teams!
Event Rules and Safety Guidelines
Runners numbers must be correctly displayed at all times for official identification during the whole event.
All runners must follow the route signs – no cutting corners or straying off the route is allowed.
Please ensure that you do all the obstacles as outlined in the briefing and by the marshals.
If you have to wait at an obstacle, ensure you queue in the order that you arrive.
Keep a close eye on the route signage. If you feel you may have missed a route marker and have strayed off the route, return to the last marker that you saw to get back on track.
Please be courteous and considerate to all other path and road users and fellow runners.
Runners must check in (dib) the checkpoint stations at the finish, and between laps.
The participant must obey the Countryside Code and any runner found to be contravening these Rules or Event Official’s instructions will be disqualified from the event.
Participants who lose or break their ‘Dibber’ will be charged £30.
The participant understands and agrees that they participate in this event entirely at their own risk, that they must rely on their own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that they must run in a manner which is safe to themselves and others.
The participant agrees that no liability whatsoever shall attach to Mud and Sweat or any event official in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by them in or by reason of the event, unless such injury, loss or damage is proven to be caused by the negligence of the aforementioned.
You must sign a race waiver before participating.
Even if you retire or drop out from the event, you must report back to the finish and download area, so we don’t start a full-scale search for you!
In an emergency follow the Emergency procedure (as described in the event briefing) and report any incident to a Marshal.
The Event organisers reserve the right to terminate an individual’s run on health and safety grounds, re-route, cancel or stop the event due to safety reasons. Entry fees, however, are not refundable.
If in doubt about a safety and health matter, please ask a member of the Mud and Sweat Staff Team or the First Aid Team.
Participants agree to being filmed and photographed as soon as they are onsite till leaving, which may be used for future marketing purposes by Mud and Sweat.
Spectators will be free to roam the course, but they may not go on the obstacles!
There will be the option to Camp at The River Dart Country Park on the Saturday evening. This needs to be booked through The River Dart Country Park.
Why not arrive on the Saturday, enjoy the Sawmill Bar that evening and have a relaxed start on Sunday morning – or if you have kids, enjoy playing in all the park areas on the Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning?
The Sawmill Café will be open for meals on both Saturday evening and Sunday morning/lunchtime. Plus, if you have booked to camp on the Saturday night, it includes your Car Parking for the event.
The Mud Run is the ideal opportunity to use as a charity fundraising event.
This year our charity partner is Child Assault Prevention UK www.safestrongfree.org.uk, a local charity that helps around 15,000 children in the south west learn how to stay “Safe, Strong and Free” and works with schools and parents to build safer communities for children. Contact email@example.com to find out more and for support with fundraising for CAP UK. They do have a number of free places available for runners who would like to fund raise for CAP UK - contact Simon for more information. If you would like to set up a fundraining page for CAP UK, please click HERE.
There will be a prize for the participant or team who raises the most for their nominated charity – just let us know prior to the event, how much you have raised and for which charity.
If you work for a Charity - we do have special offers, where you can buy discounted places for your fund-raisers, and then ask them to raise a minimum amount in order to run for your charity - send us an email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Mud Run requires a large number of people to make it the fun and enjoyable event that it has become.
We have a core team who help prepare for the event but on the weekend of the event itself, we need lots more hands to the pump.
If you are enthusiastic and hard working, why not become part of the Mud and Sweat team and help out on the event. We will provide you with everything you need to know, along with an event T-Shirt and refreshments. In addition to this, you will get a free entry into a future Mud and Sweat event.
Jobs on the day are varied - often it's just pointing the way and cheering the runners on! Maybe if you are supporting someone who is running in the event or just wanting to see the event close at hand, your help will be very welcome. The marshals are the main point of contact and a very important part of the experience for many of the runners.
Send us an email to register your interest now.
Results from the 2019 event:
Here are the results from the 2018 event:
Q. Do I need to be able to swim?
A. No, the deepest water that you will have to wade through will only be approximately chest deep. There may be points on the course where you may be briefly submerged.
Q. What if I want to skip an obstacle?
A. We strongly encourage everyone to complete every obstacle although you won’t be forced (you'll probably regret it if you don’t anyway...)!
Q. What if I get injured?
A. There will be Mud and Sweat Marshals spread out along the course. In the event of minor injuries, we would ask you to make your way to the start/finish area, where our First Aid team will be based throughout the event. In the event of a more serious injury, we will have a 4 x 4 vehicle to assist you back to base safely and quickly if required.
Q. What obstacles are there?
A. The exact route and obstacles are always kept a secret until just before the actual event, but expect a mix of natural and man-made obstacles potentially streams, steep banks, steps, cargo nets, balance beams, hurdles, lifting and carrying sandbags/logs for a short distance etc
Q. Are there water points on the course?
A. For those on the 10km event, there will be a table with cups of water on, after the first lap at the halfway point, and all participants on every event will be given a bottle of water at the finish.
Q. Is there a bag drop?
A. No, there will not be a bag drop – but we will have a key drop (for car keys) at the Registration Marquee.
Q. For the Kids Super Hero Mini Mud Run, may I run with my son or daughter?
A. We will allow an adult to accompany their child in the race age 7-12 races, if they are concerned or nervous, at a cost of £8.50 (only one adult per child will be permitted to run). Please book your place during the registration process
You must download, print and bring along your completed Waiver and Consent Form to registration on the day of the event – please ensure it is completed fully before registering, to speed up the process (no form – no run!).