GALLERY: Muddy buddies dive in head first in mud run

CAREFUL AS SHE GOES: Stacey Kiddle, front, uses her arms to maintain balance while negotiating some of the 1.5 kilometres of mud in the Suck It Up Buttercup Mud Race on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030514GGA29

CAREFUL AS SHE GOES: Stacey Kiddle, front, uses her arms to maintain balance while negotiating some of the 1.5 kilometres of mud in the Suck It Up Buttercup Mud Race on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030514GGA29

THE blustery weekend weather did not stop an extreme-sports army from showing up and having a go in the Suck It Up Buttercup Mud Race on Saturday.

Centaur Outdoor Events managing director Peter Manning said 150 teams – some with 30 people – had a go at the mud race and obstacle course, despite the wind chill. 

“I thought we’d try a winter event,” Mr Manning said.

Saturday’s event, at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth, follows the first one held there last November. 

This time, the adults’ course was still 10 kilometres long, but the children’s course was extended from three kilometres to five.

“It was a different and longer course. Just some feedback (last year showed) it was all over too quickly for the kids, I think,” Mr Manning said.

Overall, Saturday’s event went well, with “good feedback”.

People came from all over our region, plus Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads, to have a go at the event – which Mr Manning stressed was not a race.

“The first wave of runners went at 9 o’clock – they’re more the serious ones,” Mr Manning said.

But even though people could do unlimited laps, “as far as I know no one did an extra lap”.

He said they might not hold a winter event next year – the general consensus this time around was the course and weather had made it “muddy unbelievable”, especially with 1.5 kilometres of mudholes to negotiate.

Many people couldn’t negotiate a set of monkey bars because it was too slippery to get a handhold, he said.

On Sunday a free barbecue open to all will be held at AELEC to distribute the 24 large, square hay bales paid for by Tamworth businesses to give to farmers. The next Suck It Up Buttercup Mud Race will be at AELEC on November 29.

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