Racers keen for another round
Despite mud, sweat and sprains, a Nelson team is keen for another crack at a lung-busting obstacle course.
The 11-member Beer Guts to Glory team competed in the country's first Tough Mudder competition at Waikato's Hampton Downs.
The 18.5km course involved 15 obstacles including complete immersion in an ice-cold bath, running through dangling live wires and scaling high walls, with lashings of mud in between.
Vic Brew Bar owner Chris Williams said last month's event was a combination of pain and "cracking good fun".
There were times when he thought he would not finish, but the team carried everyone through. That was literally the case at times for his sister, Zoe, who twisted her ankle within the first five kilometres.
"She was offered the chance to take the medic van, but she carried on. We had to help her get over some walls."
The team finished the course in 3 hours, 25 minutes.
The effort was worth it with donations to the team raising $1800 for the Fifeshire Foundation, the Nelson organisation that helps people in domestic crisis and financial hardship.
Williams said the experience had whetted the team's appetite for another shot at the event next year. All those who took part had signed up and a few others had expressed interest.