Sun, fun and plenty of mud

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What started out as a fun run ended up more like a mud bath as participants waded, crawled and stumbled through the Sport Tasman 2015 Muddy Buddy.

The sixth annual event was first thought up by Jodie and Nathan Fa’avae and is now the main fundraising activity for the school.

Despite changes to this year’s course, things went fantastically says Tasman School Principal, Pip Wells. “We had nothing but praise, so everybody who entered had an absolute ball. They thought that the course was the best ever and it had a few challenges so that was really cool.”

In order to comply with resource consent conditions, the school was required to meet a number of regulations, the first of which resulting in an adaption to the course and the second saw a maximum of 1400 participants. Pip says that around 1000 people entered into the fun run on Sunday, a number they put down to the fact they had less than a month to inform people of the changes.

Councillor Judene Edgar was amongst those getting stuck into the Muddy Buddy, having taken part in every event since it was started. “Its family fun, you’ve got to let your hair down, you’ve got to have a bit of fun and laugh at yourself and being covered in mud is a great way to do that. As much as it’s hard, I just do love scrambling through the mud, it’s a good workout and I just love the costumes and the way people get into it. I think they just did a fantastic job and I’ll be here next year.”

With the new resource consent, the school will be able to host the event for the next ten years, using the same course people encountered on Sunday. Part of the ten year plan will also see the students of the school monitoring the estuary and the impact people have on it before and after the Muddy Buddy. They will also be involved in a planting programme. A final total hasn’t been worked out yet but the school hopes to have raised around $12,000, which will be going towards the finishing touches on their new playground upgrade, some landscaping around the school grounds and funds to subsidise the professional sports shirts for the students.