BLUEBELL Wood’s first Mud Madness event has been postponed — because of a lack of mud.
The hot summer has led to dry ground and low water levels at Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, Chapeltown.
It has meant the ground will not be fit for the 3km and 5km event so the children’s hospice has put back the event from October to March 30 next year.
Yuri Matischen, spokesman for event organisers MLS, said: “We’d like to apologise to all the entrants, but we need to make sure that the event has the right conditions.
“The depletion of the lake and the very dry nature of the woods mean we wouldn’t have been able to create the muddy experience promised.
“The event will continue to support Bluebell Wood and all entries can either be transferred to the March event or refunded.”
Helen Mower, the children’s hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “Although we’ve all enjoyed summer, the conditions weren’t right for this event.
“We’re hoping for a normal winter and spring-like conditions for the event in March, so that our supporters can make magical muddy memories and raise money for families facing unimaginably tough times.”
The early bird entry offer — £16.50 for 11 to 16-year-olds and £25 for 17 years plus — has been extended to December 31.
Visit www.myraceentries.co.uk/mudmadness/EntryForm.aspx to enter.