Picture gallery: Getting filthy at Spains Hall with the Mucky Races

11:57 08 April 2014

Mucky Races at Spains Hall, Finchingfield

Mucky Races at Spains Hall, Finchingfield


Scramble nets, tyre piles and pits full of mud and water ... it could only have been the Mucky Races.

The popular annual race returned to Spains Hall, Finchingfield on Sunday, with more than 1,000 taking part and almost the same number cheering them on.

Organised by Norfolk-based Mucky Races, ‘The Gauntlet’ took runners through either a 6km or 12km mud run, pitting them against a range of obstacles around the diverse country estate.

Mass warm-up sessions took place at the start of the race, which was professionally timed, and there was a selection of hot food and drinks to keep energy levels high.

Stuart Crow, general manager for Spains Hall, said: “This is the third mud running event we’ve held and each year it is getting more and more popular.

“The race was enjoyed by people of all ages, from the young to the young at heart, and the spirit of support and camaraderie was fantastic as people helped each other through the myriad of mud, obstacles, water and, yes, more mud!”

Spains Hall, the family home of the Ruggles-Brise family, will be ­hosting another mud run in September. Called ‘The Essex Yomp’, the event will be in aid of the services charity Walking With The Wounded.

The estate will also be supporting a number of events, including offering car parking and camping as the Tour De France passes through Finchingfield in July.

For more information, visit ­spainshall.co.uk.


More news stories

Author Lisa Bush and Marc Laverriere. Picture: Richard Barker

A racy book by a Thaxted author was launched at The Star pub in Thaxted on Sunday.

Yesterday, 17:37
Nick Alston, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, is proposing a £5 rise in council tax.

Residents in Essex face a £5 rise in their council tax in a bid to raise an extra £1.2million for community policing in the county.

Bridge campaigners Peter and Mary Curry and Jane Welsh with Braintree MP James Cleverly,

Villagers fighting for a temporary bridge in Finchingfield have uncovered a council report recommending an interim crossing while works are carried out on the village’s existing structure.

Yesterday, 07:00
Kathy Slow (age 97) former housekeeper to the Aldridge household, and David Slow (her son) who also helped in the Aldridge household, following the unveiling the plaque on Place House Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

The housekeeper of a famous artist unveiled a plaque to him in Great Bardfield on Saturday.

Digital Edition

Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories