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.

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