Race Day Info

2020 Race Day Briefing

Thank you for signing up to race the Gransden Muddy Fun Run 2020. We are very grateful for the support you are giving to our school, and for the financial contribution to our PTA funds. We hope you enjoy our challenging courses and beautiful countryside. We hope our event inspires you to enter more events in future, and enjoy regular exercise!

At the moment the weather is looking mostly dry, but chilly and windy. Please dress appropriately for the conditions. Given the rain we have had over the past weeks, the course is very muddy!

General Rules:

  • Please look out for and encourage your fellow runners
  • Please don’t forget to thank your marshals
  • Please be considerate to local residents
  • Please do not drop any litter
  • Use of headphones is not recommended
  • No dogs please – the run crosses farmland, including a local chicken farm

Please also note that our routes use sections of private land, with kind permission from the land owner. Such permission is granted only for the duration of the event, and this in no-way implies permission to cross this land at any other time. Furthermore you agree that the land owner will accept no liability for any loss or injury as a result of crossing this land.


Other Conditions of Participation:

  • Please remember that children (under 13 for 10k, under 8 for 3k) must be accompanied by at least one designated adult – we can’t let unsupervised children run on their own – we know you will understand, thanks!
  • By registering and entering this event you confirm that you understand that the run you are participating in on Sunday 26th January 2020 is done at your own risk and you accept all responsibility
  • You acknowledge that the event takes place in part on public highways and you will look after your own safety and that of any children you enter into the event. You agree not to bring any claim against the organisers of this event or other people involved in this event. You have read and accepted the terms of this liability disclaimer agreement and you will also make anyone else you have entered aware of it

If you do not accept these terms, please let us know and we will refund any entry fees paid (minus any handling fees).

Race Number Pick-up:

Advance race number pick-up will be available on Friday 24th at school drop-off & pick-up  times, from Barnabas Oley Primary School. Or from race HQ on the morning of the race.


Mystery Marathon registration opens: 7.00 am
Mystery Marathon start: 7:30 / 8:00 am
Main registration opens: 9:00 am
Half Marathon warm up: 9.50 am
Half Marathon start: 10.00 am
10km and 3km warm up: 10.20 am
10km start: 10.30 am
3km start: 10.35 am
Awards ceremony: ASAP for the 3km, approx Midday onwards for the longer races




All runs start and end at:
Barnabas Oley School playing fields,
Little Lane,
Great Gransden, SG19 3AE.
Registration is in the School hall.
There is access to toilets at the School but no showers.
There will be additional toilets in the start / finish area.
Come and celebrate the end of the runs in the School Hall. Medals will be given to children, other runners can collect a medal if they want one. On-the-day entrants should be aware that they may not get a medal. Everyone will be rewarded with free soup, cake, and hot drinks. Small prizes will be given to overall and various age group winners, as well as the fastest school family in the fun run.


Parking for the event is limited, and not really possible around the school. If you can, please walk, cycle, or share rides to the event. If you are driving please park in one of the carparks identified on the map below, these are just a few minutes’ walk to the race HQ (parking at the Kingspan site is entirely at your risk). Please park sensibly and respect our local residents by not blocking their driveways (or making too much noise).

Race Routes:

2020 routes are as follows:


Marshalls, Water, Maps and Arrows:

All routes (except obviously the Mystery Marathon) will be clearly marked and there will be marshals out on the course to direct you, however, it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with your race route beforehand.

Maps will be available to view at HQ.

Typically the off-road sections of our route are very, very muddy. Certainly for the 10k and half marathon routes it is recommended that you wear appropriate off-road running shoes and expect to get very dirty!

The fun run has its fair share of muddy sections too, so perhaps don’t wear your best trainers or clothes 🙂

There is a water stop in Waresley (just after the 4mile point in the half and 5k point in the 10), plus another stop at 6/10miles in the half. If you need gels / other food to race, please carry it with you.

Roads & Traffic:

All of our routes feature mixed terrain. We have some sections on quiet roads in and around the village, some road crossings, but also plenty of open (and hopefully very muddy) countryside. Road warning signs will be placed at critical crossings and we will have marshals where possible, but please note – NO ROADS WILL BE CLOSED, nor can the marshals stop the traffic. All runners are responsible for their own safety out on the course. Please stay on the pavement wherever possible; where this is not possible runners should keep to the side of the road facing the oncoming traffic. Please ensure you supervise any children you have entered.

Our routes have previously used sections of private land, with kind permission from the land owner. Such permission is granted only for the duration of the event, and this in no-way implies permission to cross this land at any other time. Furthermore you agree that the land owner will accept no liability for any loss or injury as a result of crossing this land.

Location Map:

The map below shows the run start and finish points, together with some Parking locations.




Overall 1st / 2nd / 3rd (male & female) in Mystery Marathon / Half Marathon / 10k
Overall 1st / 2nd / 3rd (male & female), for KS1 / KS2 / KS3, in 3k Fun Run

Age-group champions (male & female) in Mystery Marathon / Half Marathon / 10k
U20, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

(NB: Chip time will be used for AG awards. Overall winners will not be eligible for AG awards, age is considered as age on race day.)

Fastest local family – combined time of 3 finishers (your team must include at least one current pupil of Barnabas Oley school).

Muddiest runner (male & female) in 3k Fun Run.


This year to reduce our environmental footprint, we are awarding sustainable wooden medals with a custom event lanyard. We hope you will reuse your medal as a drink coaster, and your lanyards for your keys!

If you have no use for a medal / lanyard, or any award that you win, please return it to us and we can re-use next year. There will be a collection point in the hall.

We are again using water bottles at our most distant water stop – we’ve tried to use cups, but these blow away. At least our bottles and their caps are recycle-able. If anyone has any better ideas please let us know!

We re-use all of our route signs every year and try to put as many out as possible by foot or bike.

Event Sponsors:

Thank you to our event sponsors:



To continue celebrating your achievements, or to relive your muddy day out, please visit one of our local pubs:


The Duncombe Arms in Waresley have kindly provided our water stop on the Half Marathon / 10K route.


The Crown & Cushion in Great Gransden have kindly sponsored our second water stop out on the half marathon course.


The Eight Bells in Abbotsley are offering a free drink for anyone producing their race medal/number on race day!


Final Disclaimer:

This event is organised and run by volunteers to raise money for our local school. We hope and expect for things to run smoothly, but please remember that unexpected issues may arise – if they do, please bear with us and try to remain cheerful 🙂

Thanks, and enjoy your race!

Nic Pillinger
Race Director
Gransden Muddy Fun Run 2020