HUNDREDS of runners are preparing to descend on Eastnor Castle for the return of the Mud Bath race on Sunday (October 10).

The castle is home to the Land Rover test centre, meaning that there are more than 60 miles of muddy trails — ideal for ensuring that nobody makes a clean getaway.

A spokesman for Relish Running, the organisers of the event, said: “We will be making the most of the terrain as it lies, picking the muddiest trails the estate has to offer. There will be a few natural obstacles, fallen trees to navigate, gullies to cross and of course, lots of mud to roll  in! 

“Between the mud, there are some good hills, but like all our events, everyone is always most welcome to come and take part.”

Among those preparing to take part is Ledbury firefighter Craig Fletcher, who is raising money for the Fire Fighter’s Charity. “I appreciate any donation and it all helps support firefighters all over the country,” he said.

As of Wednesday, four people had donated £70 towards Craig’s target of £300 on the fundraising website

Although online registrations are already closed, spaces on the day may be available at £35 for the 10km, £30 for the 6km and £15 for the 3km/1.5km Mini Mud Bath.

Runners can add a beer and hog roast to their registration for £5, while spectators can also eat and drink for £8.

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