Mud Run two weeks away

MUD-FUNNERS: So much more than just running in the annual Gisborne Harriers Mud Run, as this picture from last year shows. Most people were muddy from head to toe by the end. File picture by Liam Clayton

RAIN, rain and more rain has brought smiles to the faces of mud runners and Mud Run organisers with just under two weeks to go.

Last year the Gisborne Harriers mud run drew a capacity crowd of 350 in cold, sunny weather.

“The conditions were pretty much ideal for a winter event. It had been wet in the weeks before and the slippery slopes and muddy creeks were primed to expectations,” said Harrier Club president Paul Naske.

This year is expected to be muddier than ever. The run has a habit of taking a severe toll on clothing, so it is best not to get too dressed up for the fun occasion.

Other enduring memories of the race over the past years have been the countless smiles and happy faces of young and old who competed or watched.

This year’s fifth edition will be held on Sunday, July 30.

The club sees it as a fun event for serious runners, as well as recreational joggers and families.

Held at the Maclaurin family farm on Maclaurin Road in Hexton, the run entails two or four laps through creeks and over hills, with many mudslides and obstacles on the way.

“It is clearly not a serious competitive event but a demonstration that running, the world’s most uncomplicated sport, can be exhilarating and bring the community together,” Mr Naske said.

The event has had wide community appeal since it was first held in 2013.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti helps to run the event. Spot prizes will be awarded and entertainment will be on site.

Because of the farm’s capacity, entries will be controlled and the club urges people to register as soon as possible, either through Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti or the Gisborne Harrier Club website (www.gisborneharriers.co.nz).

RAIN, rain and more rain has brought smiles to the faces of mud runners and Mud Run organisers with just under two weeks to go.

Last year the Gisborne Harriers mud run drew a capacity crowd of 350 in cold, sunny weather.

“The conditions were pretty much ideal for a winter event. It had been wet in the weeks before and the slippery slopes and muddy creeks were primed to expectations,” said Harrier Club president Paul Naske.

This year is expected to be muddier than ever. The run has a habit of taking a severe toll on clothing, so it is best not to get too dressed up for the fun occasion.

Other enduring memories of the race over the past years have been the countless smiles and happy faces of young and old who competed or watched.

This year’s fifth edition will be held on Sunday, July 30.

The club sees it as a fun event for serious runners, as well as recreational joggers and families.

Held at the Maclaurin family farm on Maclaurin Road in Hexton, the run entails two or four laps through creeks and over hills, with many mudslides and obstacles on the way.

“It is clearly not a serious competitive event but a demonstration that running, the world’s most uncomplicated sport, can be exhilarating and bring the community together,” Mr Naske said.

The event has had wide community appeal since it was first held in 2013.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti helps to run the event. Spot prizes will be awarded and entertainment will be on site.

Because of the farm’s capacity, entries will be controlled and the club urges people to register as soon as possible, either through Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti or the Gisborne Harrier Club website (www.gisborneharriers.co.nz).

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