Punters get dirty for mud run

Pilbara News - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Dougherty

More than 500 dirt-cov­ered ath­letes tack­led the an­nual Pil­bara Mud Run in Port Hed­land at the week­end.

Com­peti­tors from Kar­ratha, New­man, Tom Price, Broome and Hed­land raised more than $20,050 for char­ity in front of a 900-strong crowd at the Port Hed­land Mo­tor­cy­cle Club track.

The 4km course had mon­key bars, rope climbs, mud­slides, tyres, flooded tun­nels, hay bales, in­flat­able ob­sta­cles, net crawls and nu­mer­ous deep bog pits.

The Big Dogs team rep­re­sent­ing Good­line won the cor­po­rate event in 11min. 43sec., while Hed­land’s Slow Lemons team won the team chal­lenge in 13:20.8.

Hed­land’s Bianca Brown was the fastest fe­male mud­der with a break­neck time of 10:49, while Ats Jo­han­son from Kar­ratha also blitzed the course in 8:43.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Maria Her­mann said the whole com­mu­nity had helped make the event one of this year’s most suc­cess­ful.

“We had lots of sup­port­ers from spon­sors we ap­pre­ci­ated a lot, as with­out them we def­i­nitely wouldn’t have been able to put this great event on,” she said. “FMG and Cen­tu­rion were amaz­ing to work with and we are so glad they helped us out many times.

“Dur­ing the event we had a DJ as well as our great MC, Elise Batch­e­lor, as part of the com­mu­nity fo­cus of the event. This also pro­vided an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to net­work and form new friend­ships.”

Com­peti­tors at the event also raised funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, Po­lice Le­gacy and the Miner for De-min­ing ini­tia­tive.

“Many peo­ple in Hed­land do not have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend large events such as Tough Mud­der or Miss Muddy in Perth, so the Pil­bara Mud Run is a key pro­gram on the Hed­land cal­en­dar as it al­lows lo­cal peo­ple to en­joy some of the ex­pe­ri­ences which are af­forded to peo­ple in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area with­out the ex­pen­sive cost of trav­el­ling,” Ms Her­mann said.

“There is no sim­i­lar event held in the Pil­bara or the Kimberley, so we ex­pected the event to be well re­ceived by Pil­bara res­i­dents. We had ap­prox­i­mately 1300 par­tic­i­pants and pa­trons on the day.”

Pic­tures: Robert Dough­herty

The Iron Worx team strug­gles through the net crawl at this year's Pil­bara Mud Run.

Brit­ney Len­ton laughs.

The Big Dogs get down and dirty.

Kar­ratha com­peti­tors stay bal­anced.

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