Stansted runners on podium at charity mud run

Phil and Mike joint 3rd Marianne 1st

Phil and Mike joint 3rd Marianne 1st - Credit: Archant

Two Stansted runners unleashed their inner warriors to battle their way to joint third on a very muddy 5k obstacle course on Sunday (June 14).

Hundreds of people threw themselves into the first Willow Warrior challenge at Stansted Park, Elms Farm, to raise money to put on special days for seriously ill young adults.

Participants had to dodge paint guns, crawl under cargo nets and negotiate a waterslide among many other obstacles, all to raise money for Willow charity.

Stansted Mountfitchet residents Phil Eddershaw and Mike Burgoine were joint third across the finish line having completed the 5k course.

Phil, Mike and their teammate Alistair Ambrose took part as Team Dog and Duck, representing their pub, with sponsorship and support on the day from the landlord and fellow patrons.

Phil said: “Mike and I have taken part in sprint triathlons but this was our first mud and obstacle run.

“It was great fun with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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“The water slide was hilarious and a great opportunity to wash off some of the mud.”

Winner of the 5k course, Marianne Palmer of Bishop Stortford, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere. There was a great team spirit with encouragement and support from all, both on and off the track.

“I hope this event raises awareness of Willow and that even more people participate next year.”

Willow is a national charity which organises uplifting awnd unforgettable special days for seriously ill young adults aged 16-40.

The days aim to help families reconnect and create some normality while enjoying an activity of their choice.

Five years after a diagnosis of lymphoma (a type of blood cancer), Charlie Wright from Upminster, took on Willow Warrior.

During her illness, Willow arranged for Ms Wright and her family to see their favourite band, Take That.

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