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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Murphy's Law as sunshine rains on charity mud run

Olivia Kelleher

THE blazing sunshine which cheered so many at the weekend had a downside for at least one outdoor event.

The organisers of a charity Mud Run in the Ballyhoura mountains in Doneraile, Co Cork, could not have missed the irony of having to pour water on their obstacle course to make it muddy enough for purpose.

Ciaran Curran of Mud Run Ireland said: "The weather was great but it is Murphy's Law really because you do need a little bit of water for the mud."

But the fine weather ensured a record crowd, with about 300 participants joining in the fun on Saturday morning.

One brave woman joined the dash dressed in a bridal gown, scooping the "Dressed in Style" award, although her attire didn't exactly help her speed through mud pits, water holes and other obstacles over the 5km course through the forest.

The first man over the finish line was Shane Mullaney with a time of 24 mins 44 seconds.

Yvonne Deegan was the best placed female, after she finished in 31 mins 55 seconds.

However, as the event was primarily a fun run, participants were not necessarily athletic, with some hardy souls taking up to an hour-and-a-half to complete the course.

Mr Curran said the day was a great success. "It is a quirky, fun event. We had people in their 20s and up to their 50s.

"It was not just for the super fit. One woman turned up in a wedding dress. It is just something a little bit different."

Derek McKay of Mud Run Ireland said he was delighted with the reaction Munster Mud Run had received.

"The people of Munster must be a fun crowd because we have received fantastic interest in the Munster Mud Run."

Participants in the mud run raised funds for MS Ireland.

It is hoped the event will be an annual one.

Irish Independent

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