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Last Updated: Monday December 28 2009 14:13 GMT

In pics: Crazy Christmas mud race!

Man in Santa hat

This chap in a Santa hat has got all muddy for the annual Maldon Mud Race.

People in water in Maldon

More than 200 people took part in the event in Maldon, Essex, on Sunday.

Racers in mud

Competitors had to cross the mouth of the River Blackwater at low tide - a distance of nearly 500m.

Competitor in the mud

It's all for charity, and organisers say they raise tens of thousands of pounds each year.

Man in penguin suit

But this penguin looks like he just wants it all to be over!