Summer and its rain showers are just around the corner... We all know what that means: mud runs! Here’s our essential kit guide.
There are so many fun and challenging obstacle courses across the UK for you to get involved in, whether it’s with friends or for charity. So you’ve signed up. What next? Well, we’ve put together a handy kit list in partnership with Scotland’s Muddy Trials team so you’ll be geared up for your next adventure course. Enjoy!
Trail running shoes – how do you expect to get anywhere quickly without a decent pair of outdoor shoes? Even if your mud run isn’t all about the speed, it’s essential to have a strong, waterproof pair of trainers to ensure your feet stay comfortable throughout the course.
Good running leggings – warm leggings that are tight against the skin are ideal for messy obstacle courses. Otherwise you’ll get waterlogged and weighted down with loose, heavy clothing.
Running gloves – beat the chill on your mud run with a reliable pair of running gloves. They’re usually made of synthetics, which means they’ll dry quickly and protect you from any nasty weather.
Beanie hat – a bonnet like this one will keep your head warm should you choose not to dunk in those muddy ditches. Plus, it’s also essential post-race when you begin to cool down.
Old towels – after the race, you should be well prepared with food, a hot drink… and some towels to clean up! Whether your obstacle course is traditional or more muddy, some old towels are an ideal way to freshen up before you head home for a proper wash.
Windproof jacket – keep cosy before and after your run with a windproof jacket. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your torso cools down, so ensure you don’t catch a chill with one of these favourites.
Adity Craufurd, who manages the Muddy Trials events at Craufurdland Castle near Glasgow, gives budding mud runners some pointers. ‘Wear tight fitting clothes – outdoor running gear is ideal. You should always tie your trainer laces tightly… they really do get stuck in the mud!’
She’s also got some great post-race hints. ‘Bring lots of bin liners. Three is the magic number! One for your muddy clothes, one for yourself… and one for your car to protect the seats!’
What's on your essential kit list for a mud run? Let us know in the comments and we'll include your suggestions on the blog.