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2015 MACC Challenge to be an even tougher mud-up

2015 MACC Challenge. Time: 11am. Date: Saturday 7th Novemner. Combatants: 130. Course length: 4 miles. Area: 1,000 aces. Place: Machrihanish Air Base in Kintyre. Tough mud factor: higher than ever. Entrants: The maddest. The hardiest. The bravest. The daftest.

The military-themed obstacle race, which was held for the first time at Machrihanish Airbase last year, 2014 , stretches four miles across the 1,000 acre site and features a variety of challenging terrains and obstacles to test the limits of participants.

Taking the lead from the global success of Tough Mudder and other world-wide obstacle events, Kintyre got fully caught up in the spirit of the mud last year, with around 100 participants.

There are 130 spaces available for 2015 and these are expected to be snapped up quickly.

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The event is organised by Campbeltown Running Club in partnership with Machrihanish Airbase Community Company [MACC].

Course director and member of Campbeltown Running Club, James Murdoch says: ‘We are looking at some exciting new additions to the course this year. With more businesses now located at MACC, we have incorporated new areas of the site and thought of different ways to use the space. This means that no two MACC Challenges will ever be the same!”

Tom Millar, Chair of MACC, says: ‘We are pleased to be facilitating this fantastic event again this year. It is another way for MACC to give back and engage with our local community. The site lends itself perfectly to sport and leisure activity and it is a great opportunity for us to work with Campbeltown Running Club to promote active and healthier lifestyles.

James Murdoch adds: ‘There was a tremendous buzz following the last event and we have received a lot of enquiries about a date for this year. We hope everyone remembers how much fun they had and pesters their friends to get involved too. Again, it is all about the enjoyment and working together through the challenges.  No prizes, no official timing, just the achievement after completing the next obstacle and at the end of the course. You don’t need to be mega fit, but you do need to be willing to get stuck right in.’

Spectators are welcome to come along to cheer on participants. Entry fee will be a donation to this year’s chosen charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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Entries will open via Entry Central at 9am on Tuesday 1st September and costs £27.50 per space.


Organisers are inviting any local businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the event to get in touch to discuss packages available.


Stay up-to-date with event details at Campbeltown Running Club online here or MACC Challenge on Facebook.


Campbeltown Running Club was established in 2010 and is open to runners at all levels who wish to train as part of a team. So far, members of the club have been involved in a number of successful events held in South Kintyre, including the MOK Run and the MOK Triathlon.


Machrihanish Airbase Community Company [MACC] purchased the former RAF Machrihanish on behalf of the community in 2012. The MACC group steers the future development of the site with the view to facilitate economic growth for the local area.


The MACC Challenge made a donation of £2,000 to the Kintyre Dialysis Group last year, who had been campaigning for a dialysis unit to be installed in Campbeltown Hospital. The dialiysis unit opened its doors to its first patients on Monday 10th August.

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