Mud and mayhem
The day started drizzly, which may have put some contestants off, but it soon cleared to provide ideal conditions for the third Viking Challenge on Cowper Road, Dannevirke November 10.
Nearly 50 competed in the 3km, 5km and 8km challenges — a mixture of young and older, singles and teams including several families.
There were stream traverses, obstacles in water to negotiate, physical challenges like tyre rolling and carrying buckets of water, balance and coordination tests, but the hardest of all was a sack race through a bog for singles and in a wool bale bag for a team. Only the singles made it through but it was a huge amount of fun.
Kumeroa farmer Daniel Tarbotton won the 8km challenge — his first time in anything like this. He put his success down to being out on his farm all the time. Will Billing, 13, was second in the 8km.
Dr Craig McMillan, his wife Charlotte Sutton and her brother Chris were in a team entered for the 5km run but enjoyed it so much they went on to complete the other 3km leg.
The Viking Challenge was a fundraiser for St John Cadets, and organiser Delwyn Walker had put together a big team of volunteers to set out the course on Cowper Road and marshal it so that every safety requirement was met.
Daniel Tarbotton crosses the final hurdle on the way to winning the 8km challenge.
The 5km runners take off on the Viking Challenge.
The Churchhouse family find crossing the bog a real challenge.
Pippa Van Duin manages to scramble up the tyre wall.
These three got tyred.
Running the floats in the stream necessitated getting wet.