The mud­di­est Mud­der yet

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - FRONT PAGE - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

Ad­ven­ture seek­ers look­ing for a chal­lenge got all that and more at Ran­gitı¯kei’s mud­di­est event.

The Mud­der, an ob­sta­cle course on wa­ter-sod­den farm­land, took place near Mar­ton on Satur­day with hun­dreds turn­ing out.

The course, set up on or­gan­is­erAn­drew Ste­wart’s sheep and beef farm, 12 kilo­me­tres north of the Ran­gitı¯kei town, had 3km, 5km and 8km course op­tions.

Jeff Ed­monds took part for the first time this year and said it was a hard course.

‘‘It felt like you would get to the top and it should be go­ing down­hill, but it just kept go­ing up.’’ But he had fun while do­ing it. ‘‘Ev­ery­one looked like they were hav­ing a good time.’’

Ste­wart said this year there was plenty of mud to go around as it had been a wet win­ter.

‘‘We have given the best course we’ve ever given in five years.’’

This year, about 450 peo­ple took part in the event.

Ste­wart said a big mo­ti­va­tor was peo­ple’s re­ac­tions.

‘‘See­ing the re­ac­tions of peo­ple on the course and af­ter, the smiles and laugh­ter and en­joy­ment, that’s the main mo­ti­va­tor.’’

There were a lot of cos­tumes on dis­play and Ste­wart said it was hum­bling to see the ef­fort peo­ple put into them.

Liam Ainsworth and brother Darcy Ainsworth, both 13, said it was tough but fun.

This was also their first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

Darcy said crawling through the mud was dif­fi­cult, while Liam said he strug­gled with the bar­rells float­ing in the wa­ter.

Mi­caela O’Con­nor said she didn’t know what to ex­pect from the race. ‘‘I had heard some pretty fright­en­ing sto­ries about it, but it was awe­some.’’

She said go­ing into the ob­sta­cles around the course it was just head down and get through it, but there was one that was pretty dif­fi­cult.

‘‘It was a pitch–black tun­nel full of mud.’’

O’Con­nor said she would highly rec­om­mend the event to any­one.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Cather­ine Pardey, cen­tre, with her daugh­ters Skyla, left, and Sa­vanna af­ter muck­ing in at the Mar­ton Mud­der.

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