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By bespokebooks, May 10 2013 11:25AM

The team visited Maldon Mud race on May 5th, and came across a bridal couple in there full gear.

The Maldon Mud Race is a fun race held in spring (originally in December or January) at Promenade Park in Maldon, Essex, England, in which competitors compete to be the first to complete a 400 metre dash over the bed of the River Blackwater. The race is organised by the Lions & Rotary clubs of Maldon and raises money for charity.

The race began in 1973 when a regular of a local pub was challenged to serve a meal on the riverbank dressed in a tuxedo. It became a race across the river to a waiting barrel of beer, to consume a pint of beer and race back. The barrel of beer has long disappeared and the race has become a charity event organised by the Rotary and Lions clubs of the town and Maldon District Council, with many participants wearing fancy dress. The event is watched by thousands of spectators and raises tens of thousand of pounds for charity.

The race can only take place at low tide when the water is low enough to allow participants to run safely through the water to the opposite bank and back again.

We hope the couple pictured know a good dry cleaner.

Maldon Mud Race Bridal Couple
Maldon Mud Race Bridal Couple
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