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Organisers frustrated as Tough Mudder obstacle race is cancelled just hours before start due to soaring Covid rate

© PAA Tough Mudder racer
A Tough Mudder racer

An obstacle race which sees participants dunked into an ice bath and then wade through a mile of mud has been called off less than a day before it was due to start.

The Scotland Tough Mudder was set to take place in the Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian yesterday and today. But organisers said Midlothian Council contacted them after 6pm on Friday saying the licence to hold the event – which was sold out – was revoked. They added: “We’re deeply frustrated with this last-minute revocation.

“The irony is not lost on us that just this past weekend, almost 16,000 rugby fans gathered in Murrayfield, just 10 minutes up the road.”

Midlothian Council said clarification of Scottish Government Covid guidance had led to the licence being suspended. The area is still under Level 2 Covid restrictions, with the second highest case rate in Scotland.

A spokesman said: “Following receipt of a letter from Jason Leitch there then followed a meeting with the Scottish Government, which provided clarification as to interpretation of the guidance.”

Meanwhile, Tartan Tea Parties, picnics and community get-togethers are being held across Scotland today as part of a national Thank You Day.

The event, backed by the first minister, the prime minister and stars including Lorraine Kelly, is designed to give people a chance to say thanks for any help they’ve had during the pandemic.

Kelly said: “This is a wonderful chance to thank all those in the front line who have been under such pressure to keep us safe.”