McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness:

For our next event we are holding both Mini Mud Madness and Mud Madness on Sunday 9th April 2017. We believe this will allow everyone to enjoy a fun filled day which all the family can join in with.

Event Info & FAQ:

Please read through this information thoroughly. It’s all there to help you have an enjoyable – and safe – time at the event. Please visit and Like our Facebook page as there will be regular updates of information posted there.

Event Location, Directions & Parking

Mud Madness Portadown

The event is held at Foymore Lodge, 105 Dungannon Road, Portadown, BT62 1QA.

Turn off the M1 at Junction 12 and follow signs for the A4 Dungannon Road – this is a very busy main road, please be very careful when parking and leaving.

Please note, parking is NOT AVAILABLE within the grounds at Foymore Lodge. Please park along the main A4 Dungannon Road – this is a very busy main road, please be extra careful. Please allow time to get parked and to make the short walk to the venue. If you are bringing young participants to take part in Mini Mud Madness please chaperone them carefully.

2017 Event Registration & Timings

Saturday 8th April 2017
15:00 – 18:30 Early race pack collection for Sunday’s main events at ELLIE MO’S, Unit 5, 134 Dungannon Road, Portadown, Armagh, BT62 1LH

Sunday 9th April 2017
08:00 – Registration opens for all events opens
09:45 – Registration for Mini Mud Madness Closes
09:50 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 1 Briefing
10:00 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 1 start 6-11yrs
10:35 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 2 Briefing
10:45 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 2 start 12-16yrs
12 Noon – Registration closes for Mud Madness
12.15 – Mud Madness Briefing & Warm-Up
12:30 – Mud Madness Start

Please try not to arrive at the last minute to register as this delays the start of the event and you may miss the start . There will be no ‘On Day’ entries available.

Mini Mud Madness

This event will take place on Sunday 9th April 2017.
There will be two start waves, the first being for those aged 6–11 and the second for those aged 12-16. Ages are taken by a participants age on the day.

The first wave to consist of 1 lap (approximately 1km in distance) of the course and the second wave to consist of 2 laps of the course ( approximately 2.2km in distance). There will be a number of obstacles on each lap which will be suitable and safe in relation to the age of the participants. Parents will be allowed to assist with participants in the first wave but must not inhibit or interfere with the other participants. No assistance will be permitted during the second wave. It will be a participation-based event rather than a competition. It is designed for children to have fun and enjoy.

Entry numbers for each of the 2 waves will be limited. There will be no entries on the day. The first wave will start at 10am and the second wave at 10.45am. Early race pack collection Mini Mud Madness will take place at ELLIE MO’S, Unit 5, 134 Dungannon Road, Portadown, Armagh, BT62 1LHfrom 15.00 – 18.30 on Saturday 8th April.

Details can be found in the 2017 Event Registration and Timings section.
There is no chip timing and no prizes for this event. All participants will receive a Mud Madness finishers medal, some tasty Jaffa Cakes goodies and a sausage bap.

Spectators

There are designated spectators areas from where you can see many of the obstacles. These areas are clearly marked and we would ask you please stay within these designated areas and do not enter other sections of the course. The ground in these area is rough and potentially muddy. We would ask that special attention is paid to the safety and control of children and pets. The organisers will not be liable for any injuries to spectators.

The runners will be running along the entrance road to the site and this must be clear before the event can start so please stay off the road.

There is NO PARKING on-site for spectators. Please park carefully on the A4 and walk down to registration. The A4 is a very busy road so please be extra careful when parking and leaving.

Age Restrictions

All competitors taking part in Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness must be aged 16 or over on the day of the race. You may be asked by registration staff to present Photo ID as proof of age on the day. Mini Mud Madness Wave 1 is for 6-11 year olds and Wave 2 is for 12-16 year olds.

Charity

We are pleased to have Marie Curie as our Event Charity Partner. If you would like to raise sponsorship monies for Marie Curie you will receive a welcome pack including a Marie Curie running vest and tips and ideas to help you fundraise. More information is available on the Entry Page

Showers / Changing / Toilets / Storage / Clothing

There will be a number of toilets on site. Changing facilities are very limited and basic (marquees / tents). There are no bespoke showers, although as with previous years we will provide a basic system to help competitors wash off any excess dirt and mud.

There will be a marquee in which you can leave your bags but we as organisers are unable to accept responsibility for any belongings or valuables which you leave in the marquee.We would advise you not to bring valuables to the event.

What to Wear

No football boots or spikes are to be worn on the course please. We would advise you to wear normal flat-soled training shoes or trail shoes. The best footwear is a pair of old trainers with nice tight laces.

We would advise competitors to arrive in the clothing they intend to wear racing and bring a change of clothes, towel and some bin bags for the trip home. Cotton clothing is not advisable to race in as it will retain water from the ponds as you work through the rest of the course. Most competitors – if not in fancy dress! – opt for a base-layer style top and running shorts or leggings. Please change out of your wet clothes as soon as possible after you finish your event as many competitors find they get cold very quickly.

You will receive your event t-shirt when you collect your pack.
Please do not leave your muddy clothes and shoes by the roadside – we provide bins on site that you can use.

Race Disclaimer - Please Read

By entering Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness you have acknowledged and agreed to the race declaration:

“You [the participant] have entered this race at your own risk. The organisers will in no way be liable for any injury before, during or after the event. You understand and agree that you participate in the event entirely at your own risk and that no responsibility whatsoever shall attach to any event sponsors, race directors or any persons involved in the organisation of the event for any injury, accidents, loss or damage suffered by you in or by reason of the event however such may be caused. You are healthy and have no known medical condition which would put you or others at risk. You are over 16 years of age on the day of the race and you have read and understood this declaration.”

By entering the race you have agreed to this Race Disclaimer and the Terms & Conditions of McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness 2017. Parent or guardian of those under 16 to sign on their behalf.

Race Packs, Goodie-Bags & T-Shirts

You will receive some tasty Jaffa Cakes goodies to eat when you sign on at registration and competitors in the Mud Madness event can collect their t shirts.. No event packs are sent out in advance. Please check the 2017 Registration and Timing section for the details of when registration is open.

There will medals for all finishers in both the Mini Mud Madness and Mud Madness events.

Please note that you can sign on and collect your t shirt and Jaffa Cakes goodies on Saturday 8th April at ELLIE MO’S Cafe, Unit 5 @ Wrights’s Service Station, 134 Dungannon Road, Portadown, Armagh, BT62 1LH from 15.00 until 18.30.

Race Timing and Numbers

Given the nature of the event , as race numbers will get torn off in the mud , we will write your race number on your hand when you sign on. There will be a race clock at the Finish Line to show your time.

Course

For the April 2017 event we will have some new obstacles as well as some of the old favourites. There will be approximately 25 obstacles in total on each lap. The course distance will remain at roughly the same distance of 8km and will consist of 2 laps. If you feel that you only wish to do one lap that is fine – please make sure that you come to the finish line and tell us that you have opted to do the one lap so that we can register you as having come back safely.

For the Mini Mud Madness event the distance for Wave 1 will be approximately 1km and for Wave 2 it will be 2km.

A map of the courses will be uploaded a couple of weeks before the event.

Course Marshals

There will be marshals stationed at each of the obstacles on the Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness course. They will be there for your safety and to assist competitors when required. Marshals will not be able to help all competitors so we have installed ropes at challenging climbs to help you out of the mud.

Please be courteous and respectful to fellow competitors, staff and marshals. Any offensive violations of this statement will result in immediate disqualification and removal from the event. The marshals are volunteers, they’ve given up their time to help you out, so a nice thank you, a smile, minimal mud splatter, it’s all appreciated!

Please note, a number of the spectators at Mud Madness are young children so please be mindful of your language and gestures whilst at the event.

Prizes

For the Mud Madness event prizes will be awarded to the top three individual males and individual females . We also have prizes for best fancy dress and a number of spot prizes. We are pleased to have Decathlon Belfast as the sponsor for the Prizes. There will be medals for all participants in both the Mud Madness and Mini Mud Madness events.

Accommodation & More About the Area

To find out about activities in the area and for information on accommodation please visit www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

The event takes place at Foymore Lodge Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground: www.foymorelodge.com

Cancellation/ Refunds & Entry Swapping

In the event of an entrant not being able to take part or the event being postponed, no refunds will be offered. If the event is postponed it will be rescheduled at the first appropriate opportunity.

We can facilitate the transfer of participants names but this option will close at midnight on Monday 3rd April 2017. No transfers will be accepted after this date. In order to process the transfer we will require an email to be sent to info@pioneer-group.co.uk with the following information: name of original entrant; name of replacement entrant and an email from the original entrant to confirm their permission to make the transfer.

Without this information we cannot process the transfer. If a transfer form is not completed the new participant will not have any insurance cover in place and will be taking part illegally.
No “On Day” entries will be available.

2017 Entry

To enter Mud Madness 2017 click here
To enter Mini Mud Madness 2017 click here
There will be 100 Early Bird Entries available.