HUNDREDS of racers descended on Malmesbury on Saturday to tackle a Mud Nation challenge.

Competitors braved the pouring rain and thick mud in Charlton Park as they ran, crawled and swam their way around the 5.7km obstacle track.

The 315 participants had to take a dip in a foot of mud before the race even began, setting the tone for the rest of the day.

Will Whitmore, founder of event organisers Trowbridge-based DB Max, said: “I managed to get roped into doing the race, as well as organising it.

“It went really successfully, despite mother nature’s miserable input. My legs are still feeling very tired though.

“I thought having more than 300 competitors in our first stab at this event was a good turnout, and of course we’re hoping to expand even further.

“Charlton Park was a really beautiful setting for the race. We managed to use natural obstacles as well as man-made ones to make the course even more exciting.

“DB Max have always been known for our friendly approach when we organise events. We want to expand our races but still want to keep them personal.”

Rugby fans had a particularly enjoyable experience as they watched England beat New Zealand in the World Cup on a big screen set up specially in the event marquee.

Competitors could also enjoy bacon rolls and pints of locally brewed Muddy Monk beer.

It was the firm's second muddy race after they hosted the Battle of Lansdown in March. The company have already made plans for a 2020 Battle race and are now hoping to run Mud Nation too.