More muck for Mud Trudge
About 200 competitors will be heading home with happy, dirtsmeared smiles this Saturday night.
Balclutha St John’s second annual Clutha Mud Trudge takes place this weekend, with organisers promising they’ve ‘‘upped the muck’’ after feedback from last year’s participants.
Event convenor Rachel Jenkinson said she was stoked with a range of course improvements and refinements this year.
‘‘We’ve changed up quite a few things in response to feedback from our 2016 competitors, keeping the best and tweaking the rest,’’ she said.
‘‘Some elements of the course and behind the scenes organisation worked really well for our first outing last winter, and there were some we knew could be improved, so we’re pretty confident we’ve got a really fun, muddy, challenging-butachievable course for everyone this year.’’
Key among enhancements throughout the course was more mud. ‘‘We’re digging quite a few custom mud pits this year, plus we’ve got a skip full of slime, and something I can only tell you is called ‘The Birth Canal’ - you’ll have to use your imagination,’’ Jenkinson said.
Favourites such as the Clutha flood bank water slide would return, but bigger and better.
‘‘We’ve extended the water slide a bit so people don’t end up on the grass. That was a big hit, with teams going round more than once last year.’’
Other refinements might not be so visible to participants and spectators, but would improve the overall Mud Trudge experience.
‘‘The course is slightly shorter, at 5.5km, but we’ve packed more in so the obstacles come thick and fast with less running in between, and more to see for spectators. We’ve also made changes to the way the start is staggered, to avoid bottlenecks, automatic timing with transponders, and the showers, with outside hot showers to rinse off most of the mud before using the Rec Centre.’’
Although numbers were down on last year, competitors were heading to Balclutha from far and wide to take part, she said.
‘‘We’ve got individuals and teams from as far as Christchurch, Invercargill and Queenstown, so we’re looking forward to a great day out.’’
Spectators were welcomed, and could use the Clutha flood bank to access and view the event.
Balclutha’s Team Keen’s Usain Bolt supporters after last year’s Mud Trudge.