Wet winter a Mudder boon
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, content to get grubby.
The course, set up on organiser Andrew 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 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 to the course.
‘‘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.
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 the obstacles were a case of ‘‘head down and get through it’’, but there was one challenge that was pretty difficult.
‘‘It was a pitch–black tunnel full of mud.’’
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