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Maldon Mud Race organisers eye permanent Easter date

Organisers of the Maldon Mud Race have said they would consider the possibility of moving the event to the Easter weekend on a permanent basis.

A record 12,000 people lined the sea wall in Promenade Park for the unusual sporting event on Easter Monday.

The race, which saw more than 250 people run across the River Blackwater, is usually held over Christmas.

Brian Farrington from the Rotary Club of Maldon said the 2011 running had been a "highly successful event".

"It was one of the best ones we've ever had, certainly the weather was on our side and to have some celebrities along as well made it a fantastic event," he said.

The 500-yard (457m) race was originally due to be held on 28 December, but was postponed due to the extreme cold weather at the time.

Mr Farrington explained any moving of the race from its traditional winter date would need to be discussed.

"We'll have to review the whole event with Maldon District Council with whose property we share on the day and also talk to the police as well," he said.

"But it was a highly successful event and if it's possible to move it, then the committee will make that decision in conjunction with the council."

This year's race included a number of celebrity competitors, including comedians Jo Brand and Sean Lock plus Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.

Mrs Brand, 53, said it was unlikely she would attempt the race again.

"I'd rather cut my own leg off and eat it," she said.

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