Plenty of run­ners for muddy fun

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It was a sloppy and slushy morn­ing on Satur­day at the Finley Show­grounds, where the chal­leng­ing Finley Mud Run was held.

Hosted by the Finley High School Ti­mor Leste Im­mer­sion Pro­gram stu­dents, the fun event was a way of ‘‘get­ting dirty’’ while rais­ing money for the peo­ple of Ti­mor.

For the 200 peo­ple who took on the five kilo­me­tre ob­sta­cle course, there was plenty of run­ning, climb­ing and crawl­ing through mud and hay.

Im­mer­sion Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Yas­min Mc­Grath said the Mud Run couldn’t have gone any bet­ter.

‘‘We were so rapt with the turnout and blessed with good weather.

‘‘Ev­ery­body loved it — we used plenty of hay bales, peo­ple needed to jump through skip bins and an old milk vat filled with pow­dered milk.

‘‘It was about hav­ing a good time and it was great to see peo­ple com­ing from as far as Yar­ra­wonga.’’

The Mud Run marked the end of the fundrais­ing cam­paign for the Im­mer­sion Pro­gram stu­dents.

For the past two years, the stu­dents have be­ing fundrais­ing to help pay for ex­penses when they travel to Ti­mor in April and to help pro­vide school and med­i­cal sup­plies to lo­cal vil­lages dur­ing their stay.

To date the stu­dents have raised over $25,000 from var­i­ous events, such as an an­nual wood chop drive, garage sales and raf­fles.

Ms Mc­Grath said the stu­dents’ ef­forts have been in­spir­ing.

‘‘The money will go a long way to help­ing peo­ple in need.

‘‘The stu­dents have done so much and the Mud Run was another ex­am­ple of their ef­forts.

‘‘They worked so hard set­ting up and even did the Mud Run the night be­fore to make sure it was safe and not too dif­fi­cult.’’

The stu­dents, staff and helpers would like to thank the fol­low­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses for their sup­port of the event: Finley Apex, Finley Pony Club, Finley Show­ground Com­mit­tee, Finley Touch Foot­ball, Finley Com­mu­nity Gym, Ea­gle-i, Boomerang Mo­tors, Tay­lor and Whitty, Finley Party Hire, Field Air and Finley RFS.

(From left) Brid­get Te­gart, Re­nee Ste­ward, He­lene Ste­ward and Lisa Waenga take a dip in one of the Mud Run troughs.

El­liott Loughridge and Maddy Price en­joy­ing the Mud Run on Satur­day.

Dy­lan Tay­lor run­ning through the course.

Demi Mar­shall, Piper Pyle and Mar­lee Simp­son.

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