The Scrooge

Running (offroad)

  • Saint Austell, United Kingdom
  • 17. December, 2017
  • Rating:

    4.6/5

  • 11 Km

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7 miles of Mud and Christmas Fun

Start your Christmas with a muddy splash, welcome to the MudCrew end of year bash!

The race runs through land at the world famous Lost Gardens of Heligan some of which the public never have access. It consists of approx 7 miles of trail and, in true Mud Crew style, a splattering of mud and a few little water features.

Après race, you can retire to The Scrooge “Grotto” where the MudCrew Christmas party really takes off starting with a free pint of St Austell Brewery Korev Lager, a mince pie and a special MudCrew Christmas gift.

A DJ will be in full swing from noon until 4pm where you can catch up with all your running friends and discuss the year’s achievements and the challenges ahead. Family and friends welcome. Hot food and drinks available all day.

Dress code: Hoodies, muddy trainers…get the picture?!?

The Scrooge : All you’ll want for Christmas !

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Colin Bell

Completed in 2016

4.8

Another great event

A great fun event to start the Christmas season.

The new start and finish make it easier for runners but not for spectators dropping people off, then having to go to Heligan and then come back again.Shame their isn't a mini bus to do that for a nominal cost. (Greener, safer less trafic movements).

Brilliant atmosphere, support and cameraderie.

Thank you.

Posted on 22.12.16

Andy Goundry

Completed in 2016

4.9

Awesome end of year event.

The Scrooge

Done all so far and as long as I can run will keep coming back

Posted on 20.12.16

John 'Mad Hatter' Wisner

Completed in 2016

5

Lots of mud, water and fun!

The Scrooge

On 18 December, MudCrew the Cornish Off Road running club staged their annual 7 mile off road Scrooge race at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Runners from teams all over Cornwall get into the spirit of Christmas by wearing fancy dress & celebrating the end of the running year. After the race is done and dusted its usually time to kick back, pull some shapes and enjoy some festive toons at the MudCrew christmas party. All washed down with a free glass of the chosen alcoholic beverage sponsor and a mince pie!

The run is a toughie with lots of deep mud and several water crossings including chest high ponds and ankle deep streams. It takes in some very undulating countryside fields and pathways and is very techical in places. The course was tweaked from previous years and this year started in the village of Mevagissey. There was plenty of parking with a short walk up to registeration, ideal to check in and go back to the car to get changed and prepped.

The race started bang on time and was all uphill at the start, which meant downhill at the end. The pond areas attract the most spectators as this is the place to make an impression by either jumping or diving into the murky brown water - just keep your mouth shut!!! Aid stations were placed throughout the course as was the famous merlot stop (shot of red wine) in memory of local ultra runner Dave Rowe and this year saw a Rattler (cider) shot stop also at the top of one of the hill climbs. I had the merlot but passed on the cider!!!

This year saw over 500 runners take part and is always a great event. Well done MudCrew!!!

Posted on 20.12.16

Sally Crabb

Completed in 2016

4.7

Great wet and muddy Christmas run!

Fantastic wet and muddy Christmas fun. Great opportunity to run a beautiful course with added boggy pools, steep hills, booze stops, bog hopping and stream navigation! 

The only slight frustration was the bottleneck at the start and even that was fun as I managed to follow some Christmas crackers through the crowds!

Posted on 19.12.16

Chris Hammick

Completed in 2016

4.6

Still the best start to Christmas!

The run is the ideal start to the wind down to Christmas. It has a great atmosphere, fun attitude and a course with nice variety with lots of support from spectators and fellow runners. Worthwhile for sure.

Posted on 18.12.16

Ryan Perring

Completed in 2016

5

UNBELIEVABLE!

Words cannot describe how unique an experience this race is. The route is brutal, but beautiful, and remarkably rewarding. Recommend this to anyone who fancies a challenge and a great day out!!!

Posted on 18.12.16

Lisa Pender

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

I had a great time!

Bad points.  Couldn't hear the briefing at all. Got thoroughly stuck behind fun runners at the start (my fault, I'll push up front next time).

Great fun, fantastic atmosphere. Loved the booze stations, mud and water. I'll be back next year. 

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the feedback, we will take that on board re the briefing. A new venue always throws up unexpected obstacles!

Olivia Dunlop

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.6

Great first Scrooge!

Really enjoyed the day. Only comments would be that it would be nice for t-shirts to be cheaper to buy or included in the price. Also, it was annoying that the mince pies and drinks were inside seeing as we werent allowed to go in whilst muddy - perhaps have a stall outside next time? 

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the feedback. Tee shirts/hoodies are something we have added this year, following several requests to be able to purchase a momento.
We had to respect the wishes of the people we hired the hall from regarding mud! I am sure you can appreciate that. You only had to ask, we would have brought mince pie/drink out to you, I can only apologise if you didn't get yours?

David Andrewartha

Completed in 2016

5

A grand day out

Mudcrew...

Quite literally the best events anywhere.Supported,friendly,unique,top quality crew,run by runners who are incredibly talented and experienced.

First time entering and glad I did.Mud,smiles,water and a challenging day out filled with friendly faces,laughter and amazing value for money.Honestly the best day you'll have anywhere.Well...unless you enter another Mudcrew race.Then it would be hard to compile a list.

 

Posted on 18.12.16

Ellie Dominey

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

A truly unique event!

What a cracking little race - another quality offering from the experienced Mudcrew event organisers. Loved the course, the scenery, the "added extras", all made it a uniqe experience. Only minus was on the logistics of the seperate race start / spectator areas. That said, have learnt that next year I need to leave a bag of dry clothes and the car key in the safe baggage drop zone for after and not with my supporters who wandered off to Heligan to watch! Thanks to all involved. Roll on 2017!

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

Hope you and your kit were not apart for too long! Great running Ellie!

Caroline  Cable

Completed in 2016

5

More mud than is decent

The Scrooge

fantastic pre Christmas festive filth. 

Everything just great fun. 

Arrived almost late due to car troubles, numbers ready for us, bag labels all done, everything to get us to the start on time. 

Thank you lovely Mud Crew as always. 

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

So sorry you had such a traumatic start to your day. But just glad you got to us!

Justin Locke

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Awesome Event

The Scrooge

First time taking part in The Scrooge run, absolutely loved it,from the 1st to the last minute,the marshalls were brilliant full of encouragement,the mud pools were great fun the merlot and cider points were much appreciated,this isn't for those that don't wanna get muddy,but if you wanna have fun,dress up and just enjoy a few hours of Cornwall countryside,this is the event for you...Thank you Mudcrew...I will be back next year.

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

Glad you enjoyed it!

Katherine Warren

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.3

Delighted to complete it!

The Scrooge

The first race I've done.. was hilly, wet, muddy and quite tiring - but v good fun! Thanks!

Posted on 18.12.16

Reply from the race organiser

Well done on tackling it!