Run a muddy dose of good clean fun

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014
shara graham
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STUCK: Shara Graham from Invercargill is given a helping hand out of the mud.

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It was wall-to-wall mud as the 2014 Central Southland College Muddy Buddy Mud Run event tested the skills of its hardy competitors yesterday.

Conditions couldn't have been better with the recent rain making for a course that was wet, wild and downright dirty.

And a whopping 680 competitors, in 171 teams, dived into the sea of mud and came up smiling in a day full of sticky situations and slippery slopes.

In its second year, organisers worked hard to make the course as gooey and greasy as possible, with a new venue at Browns and new obstacles, such as a creek crossing and huge downhill mudslide, designed to test even the bravest competitors.

And people loved it, with some participants laughing so much they struggled to stay standing, while others showed no fear, with screams to pierce even the toughest eardrums.

CSC sports co-ordinator Andrea Beggs calculated that more than $15,000 was made on the day.

"It's good clean fun - having fun in the mud. It's a unique event and it's really gone so well. There's been lots of laughter and lots of fun."

The money raised would be used to develop sport at the school, she said.

The Browns Volunteer Fire Brigade pumped more than 30,000 litres of water around the course and through the showers, while the local Lions Club helped with parking.

While competitors completed the course relatively injury free, the Dipton First Response team and St John volunteers were also on hand to deal with some sprains and minor bumps and scratches.

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