Despite the dry lead up to the Big Day, The Beast did not disappoint in the mud stakes! Ten bold Striders (plus friends) turned up dressed as Kerikeri oranges, though we ended the morning more like chocolate oranges as we were so caked in mud. It was really good fun, at some points we were commando crawling through swamps and up to our necks in mud pits. Just in case anyone was clean, Shirley was ambushing them with mud bombs, and even kindly gave me a big muddy hug. In the melee of the boggy start we became separated from the Bartletts, who were looking gorgeous, accessorised with face paint and wigs; Gary (tutu fabulous); Matt (Ninja style in black) and Tom and Rebecca (one of the top finishers even in a tutu!). Andy, John, Kerry, Sally and I were performance impaired by the state of our mudlogged tutus and total lack of balance… Big shout out to Grant who finished 5th out of almost a thousand.
We can’t wait to do it again next year, coming?