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Up to their ears and loving it

Hundreds of enthusiastic runners took to the mud yesterday throwing themselves down slides, into water holes and, of course, into the mud.

Gisborne Harrier Club’s annual fundraiser, now in its sixth year, attracted more than 300 participants who all needed a good hosing down after the event held at the Maclaurin Farm.

Club president Hans van Kregten said they were thrilled with the event and how it had remained so popular.

“It’s always such a cheerful event.

“So many people get into the spirit of it all by dressing up and having fun.

“This event is about encouraging people to get active and promoting running, so seeing the this kind of turnout makes the hard work worthwhile.”

The team were initially concerned about how muddy it would be due to fine weather over the past week, but in the end there was enough to get people sufficiently covered.

“The weather was great for the day and we managed to ensure the course was wet enough for the event to live up to it’s name.”

Mr van Kregten thanked sponsors Eastland Port and Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti for their help in running the event, along with the generosity of Anne and Graham the ongoing support is always so appreciated.

“Events like this really bring out the best in the community,” he said.




















Gemma MacDonald and Alia Sims throw themselves into a creek at the Gisborne Harrier Club Mud Run. There's something about throwing yourself into water, scrambling over slippery hills, hurtling down a water slide, having slush thrown in your face and wearing the wettest undies brings out the kid in everyone. It’s fun . . . OK? Pictures by Liam Clayton