COMPETITORS are ready for the return of a town's famous mud race which attracts visitors worldwide and raises thousands of pounds for charities.

Maldon Mud Race takes place annually in the town’s Promenade Park, attracting residents and visitors from all over the UK and further afield alike.

The event features 300 entrants who will be getting muddy to raise money for charities.

However, the past two events had to be cancelled due to organisers’ worries surrounding Covid-19.

Now it is set to return on Sunday (April 24) with a range of entertainment and activities for both entrants and spectators.

Brian Farrington, chairman of the Maldon Mud Race, said: “The day involves nearly 12 months of pre-planning and there are always a few surprises. 

“As the event grows, we are expanding our offering to include our Duck Race, Fancy Dress Competition for competitors plus a wide range of stalls with snacks and promotional gifts.

“Last time saw nearly 20,000 people attend the event so we are hoping to raise even more money for the charities. 

“We distributed over £35,000 and we are looking for this to be the best year ever.”

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Entertainment kicks off at 11.30am with the Hoy Essex Shanty Crew.

The race is set to start at about 1pm, subject to the tide, after the fancy dress warmup at 12.30pm.

A large stage will feature Colin Davies, a male vocalist from the Shades of Simon show, and the Funky Voices choir.

Chelmer Radio will broadcast live with Adrian Fox and David Baker.

Guests can enjoy William Stock's funfair and a host of food and drink stalls to indulge in including:

  • Ragmarsh Gourmet Burgers
  • Retro Coffee  and Chocolate Shawarma
  • Spud Truck
  • Sugar Hut - popcorn, candyfloss and doughnuts
  • Loco Burritos
  • Filipino Street Food
  • Street Eatz - burger and chips with a vegan option
  • Bars by Events Factor
  • Rossi Ice Cream
  • Sark Turkish Kebabs
  • Tiptree Tea Bus

Visit Maldon has revealed this year's event will be launched by Jo Brand who, along with the late Sean Lock, took part in a previous year's race.

Her daughter Maisi will be taking part to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.