Maldon Archive
Keeping the Past Alive

Maldon Mud Race

The race began in 1973 when a regular of a local pub, The Queen's Head was challenged to serve a meal on the riverbank dressed in a tuxedo. It became a race across the river to a waiting barrel of beer, to consume a pint of beer and race back. The barrel of beer has long disappeared and the race has become a charity event organised by the Rotary and Lions clubs of the town and Maldon District Council, with many participants wearing fancy dress.  The event is watched by thousands of spectators and raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Originally the race could only take place when the tide was low enough to allow participants to run across safely, so it was run alternatively on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. Participants start from one bank and make their way through water to the other side, negotiate 200 metres of mud along the river and then return to the original riverbank.  In 2009, the race was run twice, on 4 January and 27 December, after the 2008 event was postponed due to high tides. About 250 competitors took part in the December 2013 event. 

The next Mud Race will take place on Sunday 12th May 2019