Mud, sweat and tears
It was all about getting down and getting dirty for competitors at the annual Mud Sweat and Tears Challenge at Motukarara today.
Organisers said the event was all about challenging physical and mental strength - and getting muddy of course.
Open to anyone of average fitness aged 13 years and older, it attracted hundreds of groups of work mates, friends and family despite inclement weather.
The challenge is based at the picturesque Motukarara Race Course on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch.
A 5km or 10km course ran over the rugged hill behind the racecourse, through the surrounding pine tree plantation and of course into some muddy marshes.
Featuring a mud slide, forest run, hay bale pyramid, a crawl under a sea of barbed wire, horse jumps, water jumps, wire rope bridges, mud runs, floating platforms and more, there was little chance of anyone finishing clean.
Afterwards there was even a shower on hand - as long as you didn't mind cold water.