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Tough guys and gals rise to the challenge

Last updated 09:09 11/07/2013

MUD MAYHEM: Contestants at the Burgen Tough Guy and Gal Challenge struggle through muddy water in Woodhill.

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Mix up a stunning sunny day and the annual Burgen Tough Guy and Gal Challenge at Woodhill Forest is a recipe for dirty fun.

About 2000 entrants, with many dressed in crazy outfits and representing a range of businesses and organisations, slipped and slid up and down hills and through plenty of chilling water from July 5 to 7.

Some of the course at the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre is regularly used by nor-west schools for cross-country.

This year a secondary schools event was introduced which is NZQA-approved for physical education students. It also features sections for school teams, parents and teachers.

The challenge is a series of unique off-road running events around New Zealand with the Auckland event held at Woodhill.

The course includes water trails, a spider's web net climb, mud slide, crawl under barbed wire, a tricky wire rope bridge, native bush trails, paddock running, swamp crossing and more mud.

A 6km or 12km option is available for competitors in the open men and women's class or the older brutes and beauties category.

Go to eventpromotions. for the results.

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