THIS year’s Maldon Mud Race was another rousing success with more than 200 competitors diving into the mud and waters of the River Blackwater.

A crowd of more than 10,000 spectators turned out to watch the event on Sunday in Promenade Park, with around 200 people taking to the waters.

The event started on time, with racers entering the water at 3.30pm on Sunday, before scrambling up the banks on the opposite side and pelting, walking or crawling across.

Racers then slide down the bank to cross through the waters again before climbing up the last bank to cross the finish line.

This year’s fastest male was Freddie Browne, who completed the course in three minutes and 52 seconds, just shy of the race record of three minutes thirty seconds.

The fastest female was Nadine King, who crossed the finish line at five minutes 52 seconds.

The race was held later than usual this year due to tide movements, as most years it is held in April or May.

Chairman of the Mud Race Brian Farrington praised the “fantastic” work of all volunteers and staff to help make the event happen.

He said: “It was another fantastic event, which this year actually started on time, the tides worked in our favour and the racers were in the water for half past three.

“Everyone really seemed like they were enjoying themselves no matter how bogged down or tired they were. It felt like everyone was just really happy to be there.

“We had a crowd of around 10,000 people come to support them, which was excellent.

“I must say a huge thank you to our racers, our sponsors and indeed all who came to watch.

“Without sponsors, public support and the racers themselves, this event would never happen.”

Mr Farrington also thanked Richard Heard and his team from Maldon District Council for help with the organisation, along with Remote Medic from Colchester who helped with any medical needs of the racers, and Chelmsford Sub Aqua.

He added: “We also had lots of young volunteers out collecting and running the other little events in the Prom during the day who did a brilliant job.

“Thanks to all for your continued support.”

Next year’s race will be held on May 12, and entries are now open.