ENTRIES are still open for the Mad March Mare, which is set to return next weekend after it was postponed last year due to poor weather.

Hexham’s annual mud race was founded in 2015 and takes place at the racecourse and consists of a10km slog.

It has become famous for its array of tough obstacles, that leave runners exhausted and very muddy.

The course has been designed with support from former Royal Marines, so each obstacle – whether man-made or natural – will be a challenge.

However, marshals and paramedics will be on hand to make sure nobody is hurt, and participants don’t have to complete every obstacle to finish.

Participants travel from far and wide to take part in the event, with people coming from Scotland, Yorkshire and London this year.

The popular event, which attracts around 1,000 runners, was cancelled last year due to the ‘Beast from the East’ – but organisers Challenge Northumberland have brought the event back for the new year, with more obstacles than ever.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 2, not only brings people into Hexham, but raises around £20,000 a year for charitable causes through sponsorship.

Runners are free to run for their chosen charities, but the event’s main beneficiary this year will be the Sarah Hope Foundation, which provides holiday breaks for children living with cancer.

The event begins at 9am on Saturday and lasts until 3pm.

A warm up event before the race, organised by SS Fitness, is recommended to prevent injuries.

Runners can sign up for the event at madmarchmare.co.uk