Wednesday 22 March 2017

Mud Glorious Mud – Garden House Hospice Care holds first Mud Run at Knebworth Park

Mud Glorious Mud – Garden House Hospice Care holds first Mud Run at Knebworth Parkplay button

On 18th March, an army of 800 MuddyMayhem participants raising funds for local hospice care took on a range of physical obstacles including a log stepper, wall climb, scramble net, pipe crawl and various challenges apply named Chaos Canyon, Battered Bridge and Fearsome Fell around the scenic park at Knebworth House.  Muddy warriors soldiered through muddy bogs, and even got water hosed by Hertfordshire Fire & Rescued Service in the first muddy obstacle fun run organised by Garden House Hospice Care to raise vital funds for essential patient care.

Cathy White, Event Manager says

“We are thrilled that MuddyMayhem has been such a huge success.  We hope everyone who took part had a mudtastic time, there were lot of smiles and a lot of mud at the finish line!

The atmosphere was fantastic, there was a lot of team spirit -it was great seeing participants helping each other complete the course. 

This is the biggest event I have organised in regards to participants.  MuddyMayhem has really appealed to so many people of all abilities, giving many participants confidence to try something new.”

First Finisher -Joe Timpson, Stevenage

First Youth Finisher - Alex Efford

First team – Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue

We couldn’t have organised this event without the support of Knebworth House and Gardens and our many sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. A special thanks to the Army Cadets aged between 14-18 who marshalled and encouraged our muddy runners around the course.

Help us smash our target of £25,000 towards essential hospice care, we need to raise over £3 million each year to continue providing hospice care for the community of North Herts, Stevenage and surrounding villages. We ask participants to ask their supporters to dig deep and to return their sponsorship monies as soon as possible. 

Thank you to the volunteer photographers capturing the smiles and team spirit around the course and to the local press supporting on the day. Images can be found in the below links:

Sharon Kaplan Gallery
AgainDaddy Gallery
Simon Hinton Gallery
Herts Mercury Gallery
The Comet Gallery

Video produced by Paul Waby

Please check our events pages on to participate in any of our future events in aid of Garden House Hospice Care.

Emma Ward, with friends Sian and Ben took part in their first Muddy Mayhem in memory of their dear friend Sue, whom they had all got know each other through dog walking over the past 6 years.  Sue received palliative care from the Hospice at the end of 2016, bravely battling breast cancer Sue sadly passed away New Year’s Day.

Emma says” I decided I wanted to take part to raise some money for the hospice for the fantastic care they offered Sue, along with her family, and even to myself when I visited. I mentioned it to Sian and  Ben who also wanted to take part as they felt the same about raising some money, as they too had been touched by the care and support they had seen and received when they had visited Sue.

We had lots of fun completing the course and getting muddy and are pleased to add almost £500 to the money raised on the day”