Mud, glorious mud

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There’s face packs galore, but this is no beauty parade – it’s Havelock’s Sport Tasman Muddy Buddy and it’s way more fun.

Havelock is gearing up for the annual slip and slide around the estuary on Saturday February 20, with organiser Jane Miles hoping for a record turnout.

The increasingly popular Sport Tasman adventure fun run drew 136 in its first year in 2013 which rose to 359 last year, and she wants to crack the 400 mark this year.

Family groups and teenagers have made up most of the entries in the past, but Jane is keen to get more companies and their staff involved.

“This is an ideal event to have a good time with your work colleagues and for some good natured competition among firms.”

“I could think of some businesses who would love to see their boss get amongst the mud.”

Participants can do one to three laps of the 800 metre course which includes two slides, a cargo net to crawl under and a zigzag section, all designed to get them as muddy as possible.

Muddy Buddy Havelock#1They are encouraged to dress up for the race, with Miles saying she has seen some wonderfully colourful, outrageous and clever costumes over the years.

There is a prize for the most ‘out there’ costume, plus a plethora of spot prizes which will be drawn at the end of the event.

Miles says she has been amazed at the support of Havelock and Blenheim businesses which have donated a wide range of goods and products including leisure trips, cruises and accommodation packages.

“I can’t speak highly enough of their generosity. It is something smaller communities do to support events in their area.’’

Local groups have also got right behind the event by providing volunteers to help out. The Havelock Lions Club will be running a BBQ with all profits going to assisting Havelock youth to attend outdoor education programmes, while the Havelock Volunteer Community Fire Brigade will once again assist in setting up and packing up and provide the much needed wash down of competitors and their gear afterwards.

Miles says the event is all about having fun, with very few rules apart from competitors having to wear taped on shoes for safety reasons and stay within the designated course markers.

“Get out there with family, friends and colleagues and give it a go. Those who have done it before really enjoyed it.’’

To register, head to sporttasman.org.nz and click on the Muddy Buddy tab under the events section or just rock up on the day.

For more information contact [email protected] or ring 03 923 2317.