NIPA announce messy Farm Madness mud run

Ploughing match set for Balmoral Park.

Ploughing match set for Balmoral Park.
Ploughing match set for Balmoral Park.

The Northern Ireland Ploughing Association (NIPA) and Pioneer Group are delighted to announce the first agri themed mud run in NI, Farm Madness.  The event will take place on Saturday 10th October to coincide with the two day 72nd International Ploughing Championships at a mud splattered Balmoral Park.

As ploughmen perfect their furrows, Farm Madness competitors will be completing the undulating course, clearing mounds and delving into mud pits.  The agri theme prevails throughout the route from round bale obstructions to sheep pen chicanes.  At almost 5km with several farm yard and natural obstacles, the battle through Balmoral Park will provide a great challenge and a lot of craic for those not afraid of a bit of muck.

Wilson Holden, NIPA Chairman explained “We are excited to have Farm Madness at our annual ploughing championships.  It complements our event and visitors will love watching people clambering in and out of the mud.  Competitors help each other along the course and it is a great way for the agri community to come together, have a bit of fun and raise money for a valuable cause”.

Each competitor receives a chip which records their completion time so you can dash through the dirt for a place on the leader board or challenge your friends, family and colleagues with a bit of friendly competition.  Event organiser Pioneer Group partners with Marie Curie allowing competitors the option to raise funds for their worthwhile charity whilst participating in a fun and challenging mud run.

Johnny Davis, Managing Director Pioneer Group commented “We are delighted to be hosting the first ever Farm Madness event during the NI International Ploughing Championships. The event will celebrate and utilise the natural farmland and obstacles which are found on farms across the country and will allow both those from farming backgrounds as well as those from non farming backgrounds to get dirty, mucky and exhilarated in a safe , fun environment. The events charity partner has a great working relationship with the agricultural community and we look forward to the participants raising funds for this great charity from the event”.

For more information visit or like the Facebook page, if you are up for braving the muck enter at  To sponsors an obstacle contact

To keep up to date with the 72nd International Ploughing Championships check out their website, or Facebook: Northern Ireland Ploughing Association. The event will be held from the 9th – 10th October 2015 at Balmoral Park.

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