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Pictures: Maldon Mud Race runners get mucky in Essex!

Around 300 runners get mucky in the annual Maldon Mud Race in Essex, England.
The race first started back in 1973 when a local man was challenged to put on a tuxedo to serve a meal on the riverbank. This later turned into a race across the river and back again.
Maldon Mud Race
Muddily ever after - these two competitors came dressed as bride and groom!
Maldon Mud Race
It happens during low tide when the water is low enough for competitors to run - or crawl! - safely across the river.
Maldon Mud Race
Many people taking part raise money for charity and there's even a prize for best fancy dress.
Maldon Mud Race
No magic for this fancy dress witch, just loads of mud! She was one of around 300 people taking part in the annual Maldon Mud Race on Sunday.
Maldon Mud Race
There was no clowning around here, as this racer helped another to the finish line.
Maldon Mud Race
The race involves running about 500 yards across the muddy bed of the River Blackwater in Essex, England.
Maldon Mud Race
After the race was over, it was time to shower and wash off all that mud!
Maldon Mud Race