Mud mud glorious mud nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me, follow, down to the hollow and there let us wallow in glorious mud
Well if mud cools the blood like “The Hippopotamus by Flanders and Swann’s” song says, then there was plenty of blood being cooled with the Greymouth Mighty Mud Challenge held at On Yer Bike. Perfect location, perfect conditions. WET AND MUDDY!
Much rain had fallen overnight ensuring all the mud holes were nice and muddy and lots of water where water was needed to be. This was going to be exciting!
Great turn out of over 160 entrants – most just competing for fun and to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Plenty of fancy dress which added to the hilarity of the morning.
Starting gun sounded and everyone was off. First couple of holes and little hills – they were ok but then the fun began in earnest. Hidden mud holes, sink holes, deeper than they looked holes – it was brilliant. Of course we can say that we were spectators.
No-one seemed put off by the obstacles along the way, tarps over water holes to clamber under, tyres to squeeze through to then end up in a water hole, mud slides, water being thrown to make them more wet or more muddy…. the list goes on.
The muddier the better –
the wetter the better.
There were barrels to clamber over in water holes. Some looked for tactics to keep them out of the water……..
others made a meal of it. Hey why not – you’re already muddy and wet and it is only going to get worse! It was a course filled with continual surprises.
Thing that stood out the most for me though would be the smiles and the laughter. This was for a great cause and it looked like great fun. Nothing better than having an excuse to get down and dirty.
With the finish line in site, the smiles continued and I’m sure people had never been so pleased to be hosed down.
Huge congratulations to On Yer Bike Greymouth for the venue and to Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday Park for organising this outstanding event to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Biggest congratulations though to all the competitors – muddy good fun!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. West Coast has been named one of the top ten regions to visit in the world by Lonely Planet. Make sure you add it to your itinerary – and at 500kms long make sure you take your time to take it all in!