Mud run fun in Emer­ald

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY ATH­LETES got down and dirty at the 2014 Emer­ald Mud Run on Satur­day.

Three teams trav­elled from Air­lie and Proser­pine to com­pete in the event that aims to raise money for Cen­tral High­lands cancer foun­da­tions.

About 1200 people took part, with par­tic­i­pants in­vited to slide, wade, crawl, walk and climb over about 20 ob­sta­cles, rang­ing from ba­sic to very phys­i­cally de­mand­ing.

It was Teena Pet­ti­grew’s sec­ond time com­pet­ing in the event. Her team, Mud E Coy­otes was made up of Ruth Grundy, Cas­san­dra Doblo, Pet­ti­grew and Ra- chelle Beneke. The teams tack­led the course in timed waves to avoid hu­man bot­tle­necks or traf­fic jams. Pet­ti­grew said the event wasn’t timed, so people of all lev­els of fit­ness could com­pete.

Hurl­ing mud at each other the whole way round the course, the Mud E Coy­otes had to con­tend with climb­ing over hay stacks, tun­nels and trenches. While the ground was harder than nor­mal due to the drought con­di­tions in Cen­tral Queens­land, the big­gest shock for the team was splash­ing through waist deep icy cold wa­ter half way through the course, while the hard­est was hoist­ing their mud soaked bod­ies over the lip of a ship­ping container from a hay bale stack. “We ran as a team. The Firies were wet­ting us down with fire hoses. Our out­fits had tails on the back, the mud and wa­ter stuck to it and felt like it added an ex­tra 5kg.”

The Mud E Coy­otes took about 1.2 hours to get around the course. “We were be­ing a lit­tle bit silly,” Pet­ti­grew said, “It was re­ally hot, the run­ning was good. We made it a lot of fun.”

The event is in its sec­ond year and com­peti­tors of all ages trav­elled from Lon­greach, Bris­a­bane, Cairns and fur­ther to take part.

MUDDY FUN: The Air­lie Birds team mem­bers Matt Thurtell, Jen­nelle Thurtell, Nar­darh War­ren, Melissa Wil­son, Shel­ley Cor­nish, An­nette Tween and Steve Thurtell who com­peted in the Emer­ald Mud Run on Satur­day.

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