Want to get muddy? Here’s your chance

Only 350 entrants allowed in the annual mud run, so register now

Only 350 entrants allowed in the annual mud run, so register now

Slipping, slopping, sliding, loving it: Participants in last year’s Gisborne mud run get into the spirit of the day. File picture

For those who like to combine exercise, fun . . . and mud, the perfect event is just around the corner.

Gisborne Harrier Club’s annual mud run is in its sixth year and is scheduled for Sunday, July 29.

The annual event has become a highlight of the club’s calendar and for the past few years has attracted a capacity crowd of 350 mud-caked runners.

Mud run organiser Paul Naske encourages people wishing to participate to get in early.

“It’s not a competitive race but that doesn’t matter.

“Our club is essentially about all kinds of running in Gisborne, and if there is any kind of running that brings smiles to people, then this is it.

“If you want to take part, it’s time to get organised smartly.

Runners are limited to 350 to avoid damaging the farm

“We can accommodate only 350 participants, as we don’t want to cause damage to the farm.”

Parking near the venue is limited, and the GHC asks people to pool cars, and arrive early, as there may be some walking involved to get to the start.

Run at the Maclaurins’ family farm on Maclaurin Road at Hexton, the run involves up to four laps through muddy creeks, and across slippery hills, with many mudslides and obstacles.

“It is clearly not a serious competitive event. It is about fun and using the world’s most uncomplicated sport to bring the community together,” says Mr Naske.

The harrier club also hopes the mud run will inspire people to get involved in other running events, including the cross-country and road racing series, the half-marathon in early December or the popular summer River Run series.

“Gisborne Harrier Club is a friendly community of runners and always welcomes new runners whether competitive or not,” he says.

It has regular Saturday cross-country races, where everyone is welcome to experience the joys of running on muddy courses to get prepared for the big day.

Registrations are via the Gisborne Harrier Club website (www.gisborneharriers.co.nz).

For those who like to combine exercise, fun . . . and mud, the perfect event is just around the corner.

Gisborne Harrier Club’s annual mud run is in its sixth year and is scheduled for Sunday, July 29.

The annual event has become a highlight of the club’s calendar and for the past few years has attracted a capacity crowd of 350 mud-caked runners.

Mud run organiser Paul Naske encourages people wishing to participate to get in early.

“It’s not a competitive race but that doesn’t matter.

“Our club is essentially about all kinds of running in Gisborne, and if there is any kind of running that brings smiles to people, then this is it.

“If you want to take part, it’s time to get organised smartly.

Runners are limited to 350 to avoid damaging the farm

“We can accommodate only 350 participants, as we don’t want to cause damage to the farm.”

Parking near the venue is limited, and the GHC asks people to pool cars, and arrive early, as there may be some walking involved to get to the start.

Run at the Maclaurins’ family farm on Maclaurin Road at Hexton, the run involves up to four laps through muddy creeks, and across slippery hills, with many mudslides and obstacles.

“It is clearly not a serious competitive event. It is about fun and using the world’s most uncomplicated sport to bring the community together,” says Mr Naske.

The harrier club also hopes the mud run will inspire people to get involved in other running events, including the cross-country and road racing series, the half-marathon in early December or the popular summer River Run series.

“Gisborne Harrier Club is a friendly community of runners and always welcomes new runners whether competitive or not,” he says.

It has regular Saturday cross-country races, where everyone is welcome to experience the joys of running on muddy courses to get prepared for the big day.

Registrations are via the Gisborne Harrier Club website (www.gisborneharriers.co.nz).

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