Mud, glorious mud at Avalanche Run in Sibbertoft

Peek-a-boo through a tube during the Avalanche Run at Sibbertoft
Peek-a-boo through a tube during the Avalanche Run at Sibbertoft

Nearly 800 people braved the wintery weather in their quest to chase a Yeti over gruelling 5km, 10km or 20km courses at the Avalanche Run held in the Harborough area on Saturday.

The event attracted runners from across the country, many raising money for various charities close to their hearts.

Competitors battled muddy conditions over an obstacle course in pursuit of the Yeti, who was given a head-start, at Avalanche Adventure, Wrongs Farm, Sibbertoft, near Market Harborough.

Snow was guaranteed – provided by the lorryload.

The standard length of the course was 10km but some hardy competitors ran it twice to bring it to 20km.

Several of the course marshals were from Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy, volunteering for their sports leader awards.

Now in its fifth year – the event has grown in recent years. The first event in 2011 attracted 150 people and now it is knocking on the door of 1,000.

One runner, Sandra Bott, from Market Harborough, said: “We all enjoyed the run but we did overlook how muddy it would be!

“We realised there would be plenty of mud and water on the course but was shocked as to how much. The location was perfect for us. It was great not having to travel miles and miles for such an event.”

Tom Rawlings, a volunteer marshall and also a pupil at Robert Smyth, said: “It was my first time marshalling the event. I saw a lot of wet and muddy but determined people from charity groups and individual elite runners. The event looked to be a success and it maybe something I would consider doing next year.

“After marshalling I was almost as muddy as the contestants due to the tire run but overall it was a fun day and a great event to be working for.”

Ashley Langton, director of Quest Events, which organised the event, said: “The event has become a popular fixture on the obstacle course race scene and the atmosphere on the day was fantastic throughout. A good day was had by the runners, spectators and marshals.

“The feedback we’ve received about improvements made to both the course and the facilities has been very positive and plans are already in place to make 2016 even bigger and better”.