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Thousands turned out for the annual Maldon Mud Race - a charity event which sees hundreds of people dash 400 metres across the beds of the River Blackwater. Pictures: Gareth Fuller/PA
And they're off! More than 300 competitors - many in fancy dress - enter the waters of the River Blackwater at Maldon for the town's annual Mud Race.
Around 15,000 people turned out to cheer on competitors in the Bank Holiday weekend sunshine.
Mud Race runner Diane Gibson heading for the finish line!
The race takes place at low tide - meaning the water is shallow enough to allow runners to get through the water to the opposite side and back again.
Competitors scramble up the river bank.
In the pink and heading for the finish line!
Traditionally the Maldon Mud Race took place over Christmas but cold weather in 2010 forced the event to be rescheduled to the spring.
Competitors pose for photographers at the finishing line.
Competitors dash up the banks of the River Blackwater.
This year's event will benefit Essex charities including Farleigh Hospice, Little Haven Children's Hospice and Brainwave.
Charity fund raiser Joel Hicks celebrates as he scrambles up the river bank to the finish line.
Competitors race across the muddy beds of the River Blackwater.