Work underway to create Muddy Mayhem at Hardwick Park

Rangers are readying one of the UK’s top parks to ensure runners have a muddy good time when its annual obstacle course race returns.

Muddy Mayhem has over the past four years seen thousands of thrill seekers turn out to prove they have what it takes – though as all have discovered, it is no mere walk in the park.

And with two months to go until the run – which takes place at Hardwick Park on Sunday 2 October – work is already underway to ensure that 2016’s course is bigger and better than ever.

Durham County Council senior parks and countryside ranger Ross Carrick said: “From a small, very basic 2.5km event in 2012, Muddy Mayhem has grown to become something quite unique in the obstacle course run world, in that although it is only a 5km loop it is packed with nearly 40 man-made and natural challenges.

“We take inspiration from horse trial courses, motocross tracks, rock climbing centres, military obstacle courses, adventure playgrounds and – having personally become hooked on taking part in mud running events – we incorporate the best ideas from around the country, but with a County Durham spin.”