1,000 runners muck in for good cause

1,000 runners muck in for good cause

Runners braved some seriously mucky conditions in the name of charity on Sunday as Mud Madness returned to Foymore Lodge in Portadown.

Competitors ran, crawled and belly-flopped their way across four-and-a-half miles of bogs and ponds, cargo nets and water sprays to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.There were two races at the event, the main mucky run and another for those in fancy dress.One thousand people signed up to the race in record time and organisers are hopeful they will smash the fundraising record of almost £28k which they raised last year.Among those getting down and dirty on Sunday was UTV's Marc Mallett."I did this race four years ago and swore to myself absolutely never again and here I am today," he said before the race.Near the end and caked in mud, Marc described the event as "good fun" and even "liberating" despite the cold conditions of the swamp-like race course.Johnny Davis, organiser of Mud Madness said: "It's an opportunity for people to get out of their comfort zone, for a lot of people this is the most challenging thing that they do in the year."Last year the event raised nearly £28k for Marie Curie in one day, a lot of people are running in memory of somebody."It's an event, there's a race element within it, but really it's about people coming and having a bit of fun and challenging themselves and the atmosphere is wonderful."Another Mud Madness is being planned for September due to phenomenal demand.Don't know how happy @MarcMallett_UTV was to see me at this point! - but proud of you kiddo #mudmadnesspic.twitter.com/54yyxpnMTy— Judith Hill (@Judith_utv) April 13, 2014

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