McVitie's Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness 2017 FAQs

Have a burning question about your upcoming event? These FAQs should cover everything you need to know. If there’s something we haven’t answered please feel free to get in touch at or on 0845 052 4184.

Event date

Mud Madness and Mini Mud Madness take place on 9 April 2017.

What are the race timings? 

08:00 – Registration opens for all events
10:30 – Registration for Mini Mud Madness closes
09:50 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 1 briefing (ages 6-11 years)
10:00 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 1 start (ages 6-11 years)
10:35 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 2 briefing (ages 12-16 years)
10:45 – Mini Mud Madness Wave 2 start (ages 12-16 years)
11:30 – Registration closes for Mud Madness
11:45 – Mud Madness briefing and warm-Up
12:30 – Mud Madness starts

Where will Team Marie Curie be on the day?

We'll be there on the day from 8am to support you at the start/finish line at Foymore Lodge. Also, we'll be providing tea and coffee (Jaffa Cakes too of course!), so make sure you come and see us to celebrate your wonderful achievement.

Where can spectators see the race?

Bring your friends and family to come and support you! There are designated spectator areas where you can see many of the obstacles. These areas are clearly marked and we would ask you please stay within these designated areas and do not enter other sections of the course. The ground in these area is rough and potentially muddy, so think about appropriate footwear and make sure to dress for the weather. 

The runners will be running along the entrance road to the site and this must be clear before the event can start so please stay off the road.

There is no parking on-site for spectators. Please park carefully on the A4 and walk down to the registration area. The A4 is a very busy road so do be extra careful when parking and leaving.

Where do I start and finish the race?

map of the courses will be uploaded to the Mud Madness website  a couple of weeks before the event.

What if I become injured or need to cancel my place?

Please contact our supporter relations team at or on 0845 052 4184. There is more information about cancellations on the Mud Madness website .

When will I receive my official race day information and race number?

No Mud Madness event packs are sent out in advance. You will receive some tasty Jaffa Cakes goodies to eat when you sign up at registration and competitors in the Mud Madness event can collect their T-shirts then.

Alternitavely, you can sign in, collect your T-shirt and Jaffa Cakes goodies on Saturday 8 April  at ELLIE MO’S Cafe, Unit 5 at Wrights’s Service Station, 134 Dungannon Road, Portadown, Armagh, BT62 1LH   from 3pm until 6.30pm.

There will be medals for all finishers in both the Mini Mud Madness and Mud Madness events.

Given the nature of the event, as race numbers could get torn off in the mud, your race number will be written on your hand when you sign in. There will be a race clock at the finish line to show your time.

Please note if you are signed up to team Marie Curie, you can expect your running vest and fundraising pack to arrive two weeks after you've registered.

What should I wear?

You will receive your Marie Curie running vest to wear if you're over 16 and signed up to Team Marie Curie.

Mud Madness advise competitors to arrive in the clothing they intend to wear racing and bring a change of clothes, towel and some bin bags for the trip home. Cotton clothing is not advisable to race in as it will retain water from the ponds as you work through the rest of the course. Most competitors – if not in fancy dress! – opt for a base-layer style top and running shorts or leggings. Please change out of your wet clothes as soon as possible after you finish your event as many competitors find they get cold very quickly.

Mud Madness advise no football boots or spikes are to be worn on the course and to wear normal flat-soled training shoes or trail shoes. The best footwear is a pair of old trainers with nice tight laces.

Bins are provided on site to leave unwanted muddy clothes and shoes in.

Will there be toilets, showers and changing facilities?

There will be a number of toilets on site. Changing facilities are very limited and basic (marquees/tents). There are no bespoke showers, although as with previous years there will a basic system provided to help competitors wash off any excess dirt and mud. More information can be found the Mud Madness website  

Bins are provided on site to leave unwanted muddy clothes and shoes in.

What will I receive as part of team Marie Curie?

As part of the team you’ll receive:

  • access to our Running Zone with training plans, tips and advice
  • regular e-newsletters with fundraising support and advice to help you smash your target
  • a Marie Curie running vest if over 16 years old
  • on-hand support from our fundraising team

What if I need to update my personal details?

Please contact our supporter relations team at or on 0845 052 4184.

What’s the age limit? 

Minimum age requirement for Mud Madness is 16 years and over

You can enter Mini Mud Madness if you're between 6 and 16 years old. 

What should I do about travel and accommodation? 

The event is held at Foymore Lodge, 105 Dungannon Road, Portadown, BT62 1QA.

Turn off the M1 at Junction 12 and follow signs for the A4 Dungannon Road – this is a very busy main road, please be very careful when parking and leaving.

Please note, parking is not available within the grounds at Foymore Lodge. You can park along the main A4 Dungannon Road – this is a very busy main road, so make sure you are extra careful. Please allow time to get parked and to make the short walk to the venue. If you're bringing young participants to take part in Mini Mud Madness, please walk them carefully.

For more informaiton on transport and accommodation is on the Mud Madness website  . 

If I still have more questions, where can I go? 

More FAQs can be found the Mud Madness website  . If your question is still not answered you can submit an enquiry via the contact us form.  

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