Article date: 9th March 2024

The Middridge 5km Trail Details – Thursday 25th April 2024 

Hello Muddy Runners,

Thank you for entering The Middridge 5km Trail Race on Thursday 25th Detailed below is some important information about the event. Please read the information carefully, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

Registration Venue: Middridge Village Hall, 1 Walker's Ln, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7JN  Collect your race number on the day. It is going to be really busy so please bear with us, thank you for your patience and support.
Registration Opens at 17:30pm and will close at 18:20pm prompt.
Race Starts: 18:30pm
Course Route: Please see map below:


Parking: FREE parking is available at the village hall and the Bay Horse pub, it is limited so please car share where you can. There is street parking but please make sure you park respectively and do not block any of the residents’ driveways.  PLEASE NOTE: under no circumstances park on the pavement or grassed area directly outside the Bay Horse as this is part of the run route and the finish area.

*PLEASE NOTE: Parking is limited and we have over 200 participants, could I kindly ask if you are local to walk/jog down to save spaces for those travelling afar, also as club member's if you could car share this will also be a huge help. Thank you for your support with this.

Facilities: Toilet facilities are available in the village hall, there is the Bay Horse pub a stones through away if you need refreshments.
The Course

This undulating course starts on a downward fire track surfaced lane, before turning you right along a slightly narrow trail path.  Turning left and down a few wooden steps before a right turn onto a wide tarmac path. Swirling up a ramp at the bridge before hitting a narrow pass slightly to the right then onto a short trail path. This will lead you to the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, can you make it to the top? Once you get there, you will take a right turn and snake round a flat tarmac section at East Thickley Farm. Stepping over a stile, straight onto a wide-open section onto the top field. Once doing a good section on top, the course will head down a few wooden steps straight onto a sharp right turn on a tarmac path adjacent to a main road. Leading you to a fantastic downhill finish located straight outside the Bay Horse pub on the grass.

Start:  Once you have collected your race number, please make your way to the start.  The start is located on the fire track lane just under 1km from registration so please allow yourself extra time to get there. There will be directional arrows to help guide you to the start (see map below).

Important: It is going to be a really busy start so could I please ask you all to position yourself in the correct order of finish times. i.e. if you are looking at completing the event between 17-20 mins please be at the front (we don't want this to turn into a steeplechase). 20-30 mins in the middle and If you are coming for a jog and chat then please start towards the back. This will save a lot of bottle-necking in tight places and keep the event flowing.

Finish: is located on the grass outside the Bay Horse pub. Ideal to pop into the bar for a chilled beverage and your tea!
NO MUDDY SHOES IN THE VILLAGE HALL PLEASE (bring a spare pair of trainers/shoes with you)
First Aid:  There will be First aiders (F.A.S) on site. If you require attention/help during the race or after, please ask any marshal who will contact the first aiders.

Race Transfers: The deadline for at transfers is Tuesday 23rd 5pm, this will enable us to be prepared and ready for event day! We do not except transfers on the day.

Marshal's:  We need a couple more volunteers to help out at the event to guide you runners around the course. If you have any family or friends who would like to get involved then please ask them to complete this form:

FACEBOOK SCAMMERS: Please be aware that there are facebook scammers who will post to say they are selling their tickets as they can no longer attend the event. Tickets/places are not transferred/bought in this way. All transfers are carried out through Muddy Roads, if in doubt please contact us before paying anyone for a place.

Race Results & Prizes: The race results will be available on Visit our page: after the event.

Prizes: given for 1st 2nd and 3rd male and female winners. These will be given as the runners come through the finish. Dont forget your affiliated club can win an additional £100, if you are entering your 'club team' please select a nominated person who will enter the 'team' on the night.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the event, and we are really looking forward to seeing you. Please stick to the guidelines and we can all continue to enjoy the events in the future.

Have a great run!

Warmest Regards
Vicky & Gary


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