Mud Run brings out child in them all

No one a stick in the mud when it came to Sunday's most slippery event yet.

No one a stick in the mud when it came to Sunday's most slippery event yet.

MUD, WHAT MUD? They slid down slippery slopes, they ploughed through cold deep streams, they came in commando gear and they came in numbers. But there were grins on every one of the 350 faces in the Gisborne Harrier Club Mud Run yesterday, including a huge contingent from Ilminster Intermediate who led the charge from the gun. Pictures by Liam Clayton
WISHING THEY HAD A PUDDLE LIKE THIS AT HOME: Water, mud and small children are a recipe for fun, even when you are being pursued by a Ninja Turtle during the under-sevens race at Gisborne Harrier Club’s Mud Run. Pictures by Liam Clayton
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Slipping, slopping, sliding, loving it: Participants in last year’s Gisborne mud run get into the spirit of the day. File picture
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THE hundreds of hardy souls who turned out for the annual Mud Run on Sunday were rewarded with the wettest, most slippery and muddiest event yet.

Gisborne Harrier Club’s annual fundraiser is now in its fifth year, and after 350 people turned up to take part on Sunday, club president Paul Naske said the club was thrilled that the event has remained so popular.

“We had a fantastic day. It was a little bit chilly but everyone had a really good time.

“We fully maxed out, so the farm was absolutely full and with all the rain we’ve had over the past few weeks, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions.

“It was a brilliant day, the mud was up to knees in places, the water was cold and there were plenty of good slides. It was a fantastic day.”

Mr Naske thanked sponsors Eastland Port and Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti for their help in running the event, along with the generosity of Anne and Graeme Maclaurin for allowing the public use of their farm to stage the event.

‘They have been brilliant for the past five years, letting us have access to their farm.”

Large numbers of people took part in fancy dress and Mr Naske said it was particularly pleasing to see so many children, including a large contingent from Ilminster School, taking part.

“There were so many kids out there who were having just so much fun. They had smiles on their dials all the way through it.

“We can’t believe how popular the Mud Run is, and we’re quite proud of it really. It’s great to see everyone having a good time.”

THE hundreds of hardy souls who turned out for the annual Mud Run on Sunday were rewarded with the wettest, most slippery and muddiest event yet.

Gisborne Harrier Club’s annual fundraiser is now in its fifth year, and after 350 people turned up to take part on Sunday, club president Paul Naske said the club was thrilled that the event has remained so popular.

“We had a fantastic day. It was a little bit chilly but everyone had a really good time.

“We fully maxed out, so the farm was absolutely full and with all the rain we’ve had over the past few weeks, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions.

“It was a brilliant day, the mud was up to knees in places, the water was cold and there were plenty of good slides. It was a fantastic day.”

Mr Naske thanked sponsors Eastland Port and Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti for their help in running the event, along with the generosity of Anne and Graeme Maclaurin for allowing the public use of their farm to stage the event.

‘They have been brilliant for the past five years, letting us have access to their farm.”

Large numbers of people took part in fancy dress and Mr Naske said it was particularly pleasing to see so many children, including a large contingent from Ilminster School, taking part.

“There were so many kids out there who were having just so much fun. They had smiles on their dials all the way through it.

“We can’t believe how popular the Mud Run is, and we’re quite proud of it really. It’s great to see everyone having a good time.”

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