Mud Runner Icebreaker 2013

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Icebreaker 2013; it was a tough one!
Male & Female 1st-5th, age category & team winners shown below. Full results can be seen in the PDF file.

Overall Male
1st – Matthew Page
2nd – Alex Lewis
3rd – Jon Mansfield
4th – Nicholas Jones
5th – Colin Brearley

Overall Female
1st – Vickie Wilkinson
2nd – Sarah Barber
3rd – Elsa Knoertzer
4th – Lucy Prosser
5th – Gemma Chope

Male Age Category Winners
40+ Jon Mansfield
50+ Clifford Berry
60+ Ashley Robinson

Female Age Category Winners
35+ Vickie Wilkinson
45+ Robyn Perkins
55+ N/A

Male Team Winners – Cheltenham Triathlon Club

Female Team Winners – N/A

Mixed TeamWinners – Muddy By Name Filthy By Nature: Reunited

Icebreaker Results 2013v3

Classic Race Report

Mud Runner CLASSIC Race Report

Amazing Race Report from Ledbury Harriers,

Mudrunner Classic 2012 – The Debut Run (from an Easy Runners Perspective!)

Having won a club ballot place for the postponed Mudrunner Oblivion in April and not being able to partake in the rearranged Dirty Weekend, I felt like I had waited an eternity to run in my first Mudrunner event! …….and it was worth waiting for!

I woke at 7am to thick fog and evidence that we had had even more rain in the night. Perfect! Having laid out all of our race gear the night before, Mud Monkey Steve and I were soon on our way to meet Mud Monkeys Cliff and Barry in Ledbury with a plan to get to Eastnor by 9.45. Wrong! Barry had forgotten his trainers and so we spent half an hour steaming the car windows sat outside Cliffs house! Eventually we were back on track, and as we sped over the hill into Eastnor, the sun broke through and we joined the masses of entrants making their way to the start……a mere half mile warm up.

I was ready to go! However, all around me pre-race rituals were taking place which I found quite fascinating! Cliff disappeared to do a stint on toilet janitor duties and Barry sloped off to empty a Vaseline pot down the front of his shorts. I also spotted Duncan wildlife spotting against the hedgerow on the other side of the field. Everyone seemed to be consuming gallons of energy drinks and slurping gels – why was I the only one with a mug of tea?!

With lime green wigs and tutus in place the Mud Monkeys were off for a pre-race jog. I decided to conserve my energy and obtain some tattoos instead. With ‘Dirty Girl’ and ‘Never Stop’ on my torso there would be no stopping me! A quick photo shoot with The Harriers (who all were dutifully dressed in their club shirts – sorry Bruce, I was thinking of the washing!).There was still no sign of Mark or Jo who I had planned to tag onto as my running buddies – so I found myself heading towards the start line with Christine and her sister!……

It was nearly 11am and we were very close to the start line. I bleated to Christine that this was definitely Wave 1 and perhaps we should hang back? For the first time I was feeling rather anxious – (although keen to get going too!). Wave 1 had a positive and a negative – the positive was that the earlier wave I got in the less churned up and muddy the course would be. The negative was that it was likely I would be flattened by the stampede of runners and used as a stepping stone in the brook!

Before I knew it, the horn or gun had gone off and Wave 1 was on their way – with me sucked into the wings! I don’t know if it was adrenaline or fear that coursed through my body! Within 100 yards we faced the brook crossing – not nearly as cold as I had expected, but the first baptism of wetness for my new off road trainers. We were then heading across the fields, top athletes already breaking away and I settled into my pace, a loud voice in my head saying ‘Oh God – What are you doing’!

I set a goal of running to the first field off Clenchers Mill and allowing myself to walk as quickly as I could up the steep gravel track to the wood. It was there that Chris came past bouncing like a gazelle and continued his run nearly to the top. He was well and truly gone by the time I reached the summit. It was at this point that I would have appreciated a drinks station – but although it was in sight, I had a wood to run around first! Once in the wood, the pace picked up and the real mud made an appearance. There was a long downward stretch that I remember was very slippery – initially I made an effort to run tentatively – then gave in and just let myself hurtle along with those around me. Two bomb pits were waiting at the bottom – deep water and simply a mud slide to reach them. Others were sliding down on their rears but I took the two stride approach! The water ruts were a challenge and pure guess work. I soon learned that the middle of the track had less water but more mud, and the ruts were full of unforeseeable deep pockets that took me by surprise on several occasions.

I nearly negotiated one pit without using the rope to haul myself out – this was scuppered by an over-zealous male runner who barged past me in an attempt to run up the wall of the pit – only to skid out of control and fall back into me taking me right out. This left war wound number 1 – a graze to my right arm! A friendly runner threw me the rope to get out and a number of hands appeared on my backside to shove me up the bank! Much appreciated! My hands were now like two shovels of mud and I had a huge desire to see clean water and soap!

At the bottom of the wood I distinctly recall the very deep and very cold muddy trench. At one point the water was up to my shoulders and by the time I reached the marshall I was shivering and on the verge of hypothermia. He urged me to jump and promised he would grab my arm. Never trust a man! I jumped and he totally missed me! How I stopped myself from being totally submerged is a miracle. I opted to belly slide out onto the muddy verge, and once detangled from the brambles was on my way again, with war wounds number 2 (scratches to left legs!). From the neck down I felt as though someone was sticking needles all over my body – I was so cold!

The uphill climb out of the wood was a long slog. I took some smug satisfaction in following and overtaking runners with road shoes on who were struggling to stay upright let alone climb the hills. Needless to say they soon sped past me on the flats, so it was a relentless task!

Clare appeared behind me just before we exited the wood for the water station – looking very clean and fresh as a daisy! (I hasten to add that Clare had not started in Wave 1 and was making excellent time). The water station was like an oasis on the horizon and I allowed myself the indulgence of 2 cups – but again, there was no idle banter or chit chat and I was soon heading off to the next wood. I ignored the fact that this was only half way!

More mud, more water……and very smelly water too! I had now given up trying to be ‘clean’ and followed suit by making as much impact when entering the water sections as possible. I defiantly stuck to the designated route when others were taking detours around the muddy water sections – I also had a fear that the watching marshalls may disqualify me if I followed suit! I needed that T-Shirt at the end!

So more uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill, mud, water and sweat. Suddenly I was conscious that I had reached the field at the back of Eastnor Church – the homeward straight! However, the realisation of this was joined by a wave of fatigue – would I ever get there? Down past the pottery to the castle lodge – trying to keep my legs moving was becoming more and more difficult. People watching on the lane shouted encouragement so I felt obliged to at least resemble a runner and not drop to my knees! Colin and Cheryl were on the corner and provided enough motivation for me to at least run into the castle grounds and out of sight of the spectators!

I don’t know how to fully describe the ordeal of the last mud pit! A kindly (?) runner advised me to go straight through the middle. After 3 steps I was waist high in a thick glue like mud that resembled quick sand. The thought that I would be buried alive or at least lose my new trainers flashed into my mind! The marshall was yelling at me to climb to the side – I could not even move my legs! Sensible runners had kept to the extreme edges – I was faced with having to make at least 3 body flops to get anywhere remotely near the edge! I managed to make one dive, helped again by numerous hands around my legs. This was the most physically exhausting 5 minutes of my life – it was as though a death eater had sucked all of the energy out of my body! Eventually I reached the bank – only to have to then clamber across the photographer in order to avoid falling back in to the bog! Sorry!

More friendly spectators advised that there was only about 800 metres left to the finish. This nearly finished me off!! I could clearly hear and nearly see the field I had to get to – mustering the will power to reach it was a mammoth task!

I was desperate to see the brook again. I didn’t care if I had to lie in the cold water for half a day – I just wanted to reach the finish line! Eventually it was there, after a final run through more muddy water pits I was in the brook! Didn’t notice the cold – even kept running in the shallow! Beth was now overtaking me – huge smile and having an amazing time! On exiting the brook there were more spectators expecting a sprint finish! – I chugged on, nearly there! Rounding the corner the finish line was less than 30 metres away – with a momentary renewed vigour, I pulled out a sprint that Hussain Bolt would be proud of and overtook the runner in front!

On passing the finish line (2:03:03) I did suddenly feel faint with a sudden urge to vomit. This did not deter the marshall from posting my Mudrunner medal over my head! The nauseous feeling soon passed as I had a T-Shirt to acquire and the Tub of Love to experience!

All in all, an amazing experience……which I thoroughly enjoyed! Feedback has been that this was probably the most challenging conditions to date for the Classic, so I was delighted with my time (only 50ish minutes behind my Mud Monkey!) Highly recommended to anyone considering. Can’t wait until Mudrunner Oblivion…….. I may even include a few pre-race rituals!!

Ice Breaker – Potential Mud Masters

Attached below is the list of potential Mud Masters that will be achieved at Icebreaker.

You become a Mud Master when you complete three different Mud Runner races in a 12 month period. Once you have achieved it you get a free Mud Master hoody and race with a yellow race number.

You can collect your hoody from retail after you complete the race.

If your name is not on the list, don’t worry, we have a complete set of results from last years races at the finish, so can check then if you are eligible. any problems pse contact elsie on

Icebreaker Mud Masters 2013


Ice Breaker

Icebreaker 2013

Mud Runner Icebreaker – 17th February 2013

Hello icebreakers!

So we just wanted to give you some final details before the race on Sunday. Hope you are all looking forward to it – should be a good one!!

Car Parking
As you might have noticed, the weather has not been very kind to us recently! The course is unbelievably wet and pretty horrible in places, making for a great day! Obviously this also means the fields we normally use for parking are very wet. We will therefore be using a number of hard standing areas so please look out for signs and marshalls on the day who will point you in the right direction. As we can’t park you in the race village there will be a short walk/cycle so please bare this in mind and allow enough time before the race starts at 11am.

Start Waves
We will be starting the race in 2 waves – the first wave will go at 11am, followed by another at 11.05am. You can choose which you would prefer.

Bike Transition
There will be a bike transition area in the race village where there will be racking to place your bikes in. There will be staff looking after this area throughout the race. On completing the first run, you will only be able to take your bike if your runner number matches your bike number. If you obscure your runner number by putting on some extra layers for the bike course this is fine – just give us a flash of it so we know your numbers match up.

You can leave your extra layers with your bikes while you’re out running– it might be a good idea to put them in a bin bag or something waterproof! Any keys can be left at Key Drop. Please note no cycling of bikes in transition and competitors only allowed in the bike transition area – no helpers or spectators please.

Cut off Times
As you will know from your joining instructions we have introduced cut off times this year for safety reasons. The time allowed for the first run is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The slowest time for the run last year was 2 hours, 8 minutes so hopefully this should allow enough time for everyone to get round. The first run is 6.2 miles, making it shorter than the run at the Classic race in October.

We have then allowed another 3 hours for completion of the bike section; so 5 hours, 30 minutes in total for the run and bike. We want you to take your time and enjoy the day, but also want to make sure you are back safe and sound in the daylight!

Mud Masters
Any competitors who are already fully fledgedmud masters (have completed 3 different races in a 12 month period), please go and see fishbeth in registration before the race where she will issue you with a new yellow number and matching bike number.

Any competitors who will become mud masters on completing Icebreaker please go to the retail area after the race where you will be given your well earned black mud master hoodie.

So that’s it for now….if you have any queries please email

Good luck and we’ll see you on Sunday!

Mudrunner HQ

10 days till Icebreaker!

10 days till Icebreaker folks!! Hope the training is going well – it’s nice and icey at Eastnor today.

Race packs will be arriving in the post for you this week. For any entries made over the last 7 days, you should receive your packs next week. Entries made after the 11th, come and collect from registration on the day. Anyone who forgets their pack will need to grovel and bring fishbeth chocolate.

Final joining instructions are included in your race packs but we have also attached a copy for you below. Please make sure you have a read through in the next few days as Elsie will be testing you all on the day. We have also added some cut off times – these are not to put anyone off but simply there as a guide and for your own health and safety as we want to make sure you are all back before it gets really dark and chilly!

See you all on the 17th! Any questions in the meantime email fi

Mud Runner Classic 2012

The official results for Mud Runner Classic 2012 are as follows;

Junior Classic

Junior Male
1st Joe Morrow
2nd James Southall
3rd Joshua Dowle
4th Jake Cavens
5th Ben Williams

Junior Female
1st Helen Jubb
2nd Ella Jones
3rd Emily Dowle
4th Megan Creed
5th Isobel Hartley Smyth

Junior TEAM Results
1st MALE TEAM – The Dirty Doughnuts
1st FEMALE TEAM – Worcester Tri Club Juniors
1st MIXED TEAM – The Fodac Four

Mud Runner Classic 2012
Main Adult Male
1st Garry Hughes
2nd James Bingham
3rd Jonathan Barnes
4th Jon Mansfield
5th Luke James

Main Adult Female
1st Mille Barnes
2nd Niki Morgan
3rd Emma Gill
4th Petra Vymetalova
5th Holly Blount

Main Race TEAM Results
1st MALE TEAM – Shameless Media Whores
1st FEMALE TEAM – Asylum Functional Training
1st MIXED TEAM – Sump Numpties

Category winners for both races are also shown in the full results below. Prizes and trophies are awarded to the top 5 male and female in each race and then to each age category winner. Prizes are also awarded to the winning teams. Prizes & trophies for the Junior race are given to the top 5 juniors (aged under 16yrs).

Well done to everyone who took part, it was tough! As always, if you have any queries please email or and we will come back to you asap.

Official Classic 2012 Results Adult v5
Provisional Junior Classic 2012 Results

Mud Runner EQUINOX 2012

Thank you to everyone who took part in Mud Runner EQUINOX on Sunday. We were treated to another gloriously sunny day in Scotland and the course looked amazing.

Clearing the course this morning, we realised (again) how difficult the terrain is to run in, there is every kind of mud imaginable. There is nothing manmade about the Craufurdland course, just tough muddy running across a beautiful estate. The enthusiasm and support between the runners and spectators was extraordinary, how you continue to run and smile is a mystery to us – thanks for making it such a great day.

Version one of the results can be downloaded below. Any questions amendments or additions please email