Mud, glorious mud

Crazy. Stupid. Nuts. Just some of the words commonly used when referring to the mad trail runners who take to the Waiuku Forest at this time each year.

The Xterra trail running series once again saw carloads of city folk descend on sleepy Waiuku on a recent Sunday morning. The course options ranged from the 6.5km short course, which yours truly had a crack at, right through to a super long course of 23kms for the super dedicated (crazy) runners!

As the morning dawned, the sun shone, the pine trees whispered in the light winter breeze, and the runners took to the trails. After the first kilometre of gravel track, they sprawled into the depths of the forest, stomping along punishing soft sand bush trails, up breathless inclines, and finally, splashing and splattering into the mighty mud puddle. Squelching sucky mud taunted the 860 runners in the field, and as some attempted to tip-toe around the worst of it, the real runners went straight up the guts. Mud was on the menu, and mud they received.

Waiuku lad Quinn Gardiner-Hall (aged 12) finished 9th place out of 197 runners in the 6.5km short course. Photo:

With mud pouring out of my race number, I stumbled very ungracefully through the mighty mud puddle. Photo:



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