Pretty Muddy & Race for Life.
Cancer Research United Kingdom (CRUK) held their Pretty Muddy & Race for Life events over the weekend of the 4/5th June in the grounds of the famous Burghley House, at Stamford.
LN4x4R were asked to help with event support and assist with marshalling alongside the many other volunteers which also included members from a couple of other 4x4 Response groups, Norfolk & Suffolk, and Bedford & Cambridge.
A Race for Life has actually been held annually at Burghley for nine years, but it was the first year for the “Pretty Muddy Run”, which was held on Saturday followed on Sunday by the traditional 5K and 10K Race for Life.
Friday afternoon saw eight responder vehicles and their caravans/tents descended on Sacrewell Farm Campsite, our base for the weekend. Following the short drive to Burghley House, we met with the CRUK event organiser and five more LN4x4R vehicles who were just helping for the afternoon. We split into smaller teams to set out various sections of the course and as many hands make light work the course was soon marked out with pink ribbons and flags. One last drive round to familiarise ourselves with the route and it was back to camp for the evening.
On Saturday morning twelve LN4x4R vehicles arrived at Burghley for a briefing at 8am. Approx 3,500 ladies were expected to compete with a further 1,500 in Sundays event and it is estimated that around £450,000. was raised for the charity.
Our brief for the two days was to assist in the delivery of equipment and marshals to various positions around the park, ensure the competitors were safe and had fun, at the end of Saturday's event to reset the course for the following day and after Sunday's event to dismantle the course.
The event passed without any major mishaps, although there were a few minor injuries which needed transport to the on site First Aid Post, and also the small matter of a water tanker and another HGV that needed recovering after loosing traction on soft ground.
During our three days on the event LN4x4R had 14 vehicles and 19 responders deployed and it was a privilege to be allowed to drive around the beautiful Burghley Park and access areas not normally seen by visitors.
The CRUK team made us feel very welcome and quickly accepted us as part of the team plus it was great to catch up with our colleagues from the other groups. We had a great weekend and have total respect for all the participants who took part, and we look forward to helping again next year.