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Warriors’ muddy battle for Special Days

June 14, 2016

Runners from Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond unleashed their inner warriors to battle through muddy streams, crawl under cargo nets and over challenging obstacles during a lively 5K and 10K mud run in the vast grounds of Stansted Park, Elms Farm in Essex on Sunday 12 June.

Back for its second year, Willow Warrior promised mud, mischief and mayhem and it did not disappoint. The hundreds of participants got muddy while raising funds for Willow.

The 5K and 10K courses were great for beginners and seasoned obstacle runners alike, both featured a series of challenging natural and man-made obstacles including paint guns, cargo nets, tyre and river runs, a water-slide and much more. Following a motivating warm-up session in the pouring rain, spirits remained high as individuals and teams set off, the friendly and fun atmosphere continued around the course with spectators and volunteers cheering them along the way.

Before the race we heard from Emma, Nick and Amanda who spoke about their Special Days and why they were back for a second year to support the charity close to their hearts.

One muddy participant said: “It was so much fun, we didn’t know what to expect but once we’d waded through our first thigh deep mud puddle and zoomed down the water slide, we took it all head on and were ready for the next obstacle. The atmosphere was amazing, with a fun warm up session and loads of support from the spectators.”

Carol Young, Challenge Events Manager said: “This was our second Willow Warrior event and it was bigger and muddier than last year. Our supporters came from all around to take part and they really got into the spirit of things. So far they’ve raised an amazing £12,000 in sponsorship with more expected. Every penny raised will help Willow to create more unforgettable Special Days and unforgettable special memories.”

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