A recoed field of 2,700 people crawled, climbed and splashed their way around a gunge-filled course to take on the challenge of the 3rd Annual JCB Mud Run.
Ingeniously designed obstacles such as a 100ft rope climb and underground tunnels were combined with natural terrain - including woods, rivers, inclines and peat - for the five-mile course on land owned by JCB in Staffordshire.
But no amount of mud could take the shine off the £50,127 raised by participants for the NSPCC in Staffordshire. JCB has recently completed a £2 million fund-raising campaign which has helped to pay for the charity's new service centre, Carole House, in Newcastle-under-Lyme. First team across the line included Mark Dalkins, of Cheadle, who notched up an incredible double. Two weeks earlier he was in Savannah, Georgia where he also won the JCB North America Mud Run.
London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer Dave Allen – who works for JCB as a sales manager – was crowned the JCB Mud Run winner in the individual race with a time of 38 minutes and 53 seconds.
The 48-year-old of Team Staffs said: "I enjoy the off -road running and this is a lot of fun.
"There were a lot of challenges set by the course organisers so well done to them.
"They got the right balance between challenging and fun."