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Plymouth Pretty Muddy 5k 2023

Photo of three people at the bottom of a slide as they take part in Pretty Muddy

Plymouth Pretty Muddy 5k
Sunday 23 Jul 2023

£22.49 Adults | £12.00 Children

Race for Life Pretty Muddy is our brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

Key Information

Date: Sunday 23 Jul 2023

Time: from 10:45

Adults: £22.49
Children: £12.00
Young Adults: £22.49
Under 13 entry: due to the nature of this event, you must be 13 or over to take part

Venue: Central Park, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ View map

Distance: Pretty Muddy 5k

Course information

The Beautiful Central Park has been the home for Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy event for many years, however in 2023 Central Park might look a little different. The Central Park Ponds Project is underway and visible within the Park, these works will continue to be underway during the Pretty Muddy event in 2023, although building works will not be active during the event times we have had to modify the route to accommodate these works for 2023.

Councillor Bill Wakeham, Cabinet member for the Environment and Street Scene, said: “Central Park has long been one of the city’s most-loved green spaces. These works are essential to ensuring that this part of the park is protected from our ever-changing climate, it will soon flourish into a place where people can come and enjoy the water and the diverse wildlife that the new ponds will encourage.”

Meeting point

The start line is situated  close to the entrance of the Central park opposite the Plymouth Life Centre.  Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

If using what3words, enter ///engine.banks.spoil in the free app, to find the exact starting point.


There is limited parking available at Milehouse Park & Ride car park, so we suggest car sharing or using public transport or nearby city centre car parks where possible.

Disabled & Accessible parking is also available at Milehouse Park & Ride car park.

Plymouth train station is a 20 minute walk to the event site.

The nearest public electric car charging points to the event site are via Pod Point Charging point at Plymouth Life Centre Plymouth. Electric vehicle chargers are available in two areas of this car park. Vehicles must be plugged in, charging and have an active parking stay when using these bays.

Plymouth City Council have installed more cycle parking across the city, You can find cycle parking available within Central Park by using what three words ///tummy.grace.vibe

Try to use the most sustainable forms of transport when making your way to the event. Explore on foot or go by bike if you can. Make use of public transport and minibuses and take the bus or join a ride-share for longer distances.

No dogs allowed
Not suitable for pushchairs
Not wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers

Whilst this course is not accessible for wheelchair users given the nature of the obstacles; the event site is accessible and flat. The event site itself is on grass with tarmac surrounding.

There are blue badge holder parking spaces adjacent to the Life Centre, and the main event site has tarmac running adjacent to the finish line in case the grass is affected by wet weather.

The 5k Course has an overall ascent of 89m throughout the full 5k course.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/helper to accompany you, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

Supporter / spectator access

We are delighted to welcome spectators to Race for Life so please do bring your family and friends along to cheer you on and support you on the day.

Please bring a filled water bottle with you to your event as we're proactively managing our impact on the environment. We will be removing single-use plastic bottles.