THEY came, they ran, and they got pretty well covered in mud.
It was a new event held to add an extra element of fun as part of this year’s Race for Life, and organisers were so happy with how it went, they’re planning to do it again.
The Pretty Muddy 5km race attracted 4,000 competitors when it took place for the first time in July.
Organisers are planning another run to take place on Southsea Common on October 3 to cater to popular demand.
Race for Life spokeswoman Helen Johnston said participants had to navigate their way through about 20 obstacles, many of them including baths full of mud, in the event.
Ms Johnston said more people wanted to go in the Pretty Muddy run than organisers were able to take.
She said: ‘We accommodated as many as we could but we couldn’t take the numbers who wanted to enter, which is why we are having the second event.’
Ms Johnston said the run was more popular than they had imagined.
She said: ‘The crowds just embraced it.
‘Some women just like the extra challenge and it gives the ladies who have been loyal to us over the years a chance to try something new.
You would have to try really hard not to get muddyHelen Johnston
‘But the figures show that the regular Race for Life events in Southsea were just as successful this year as well.’
The event sees women slipping, sliding and literally bathing in mud at the obstacles between the stretches of grass where they can run or walk.
Ms Johnston said: ‘You would have to try really hard not to get muddy.’
For more information or to sign up, go to raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org.
Organisers are also looking for volunteers to help run the event.
Participants must be aged 13 or over.
The cost for adults – girls and women aged 16 and over – is £19.99 and the cost for girls aged 13 to 15 is £10.
The event will be held in ‘waves’ with different groups starting at 10am, 10.15am, 10.30am and 10.45am.
There will be no showers or lockers at the event, but there will be a bag-drop area.