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Mud Madness is back for 2017! Are you ready to take part in Northern Ireland’s muddiest and best off-road challenge? Sponsored by McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes the event will take place on Sunday 9th April at Foymore Lodge, near Portadown.

For adults the challenge includes two muddy laps of an 8km course through 25 obstacles. For Mini Mud Madness there will be two waves. The first wave is for ages 6-11 years and participants will run 1 lap (1km) of the course and in the second wave, for ages 12-16 yrs, participants will run  2 laps (2km) of the course.

Why not add to your muddy challenge and consider raising funds for our event charity partner , Marie Curie.  Look out for their volunteers at the end of the course who will help provide everyone with much needed food , refreshments and Jaffa Cakes!

Event organiser Johnny Davis, from the Pioneer Group, commented:

“We are getting ready for another challenging McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness and Mini Mud Madness on 9th April 2017. Over the past 10 years the event has become increasingly popular with many participants returning every year to take up the muddy challenge. This year we are holding Mud Madness and the Mini Mud Madness on the same day which offers a fun filled day out for all the family.  We are delighted that McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes continue to sponsor our event as their support ensures the delivery of this ever popular event. We are also delighted that Marie Curie return as our event charity partner.  We would encourage all participants to consider supporting this fantastic charity who support people and families living with terminal illness.”

Tim McAuley, NI Business Account Manager from McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, commented:

“ On behalf of McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes we are delighted to return as event sponsor for this fantastic event in 2017. Every year we are not only impressed with the growth of participant numbers, but also the courage and determination of every participant to take on this muddy course and its challenge.  We wish everyone taking part this year the very best of luck and look forward to seeing all the muddy and happy faces coming over the finish line.”

Ciara Gallagher, Head of Fundraising at Marie Curie, added:

“Marie Curie is delighted, to once again, be associated with McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness.  Over the years the charity has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with the event organiser which has led to hundreds of people taking part in the event and raising funds for Marie Curie.  To date participants have helped to raise more than £140,000 for the charity which has enabled Marie Curie to deliver its nursing service right across Northern Ireland and at its hospice centre in Belfast.  Being able to deliver these services has a huge impact on people and their families living with a terminal illness. Mud Madness is a unique event that is alot of fun and a great way to challenge yourself.  So, if this sounds like you, then why not sign up and get muddy for Marie Curie.”

Entry for both events is now open with limited spaces available in each. All participants in the Mud Madness event will receive a Jaffa Cake goody bag, a t-shirt together with a medal for all finishers . Mini Mud Madness participants will receive a medal and a Jaffa Cake goody bag. Post race refreshments and food will be available for all participants.

Everyone is encouraged to share their Mud Madness experience on McVities Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness Facebook and Twitter using #MudMadness.

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Picture: Evvie Bishop and Teo Knox help Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Cllr Garath Keating get ready for this year's McVitie's Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness.