Red-dirt mud tests field

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Wayne Neisar, Emily Sparrow, Bridget Tesar, Sally Casson and Laura Hawes
Camera IconWayne Neisar, Emily Sparrow, Bridget Tesar, Sally Casson and Laura Hawes Credit: North West Telegraph/Pictures: Daneka Hill, Daneka Hill

It was a good excuse to get down and dirty and raise money for charity as more than 250 people took on a fun yet gruelling obstacle course in Port Hedland that included plenty of good old-fashioned mud.

Bracing chilly waters and the bright sun, Pilbara Mud Run competitors dressed up in their least favourite gym gear for 4km worth of crawling through pools of murky water and under nets as well as challenging the odd hill.

Organised as a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the event was held on Saturday at the Port Hedland Motorcycle Club’s grounds and has so far raised more than $13,000 for the RFDS.

Kevin Guest (individual) recorded the fastest time overall out of the three categories, corporate, standard and individuals.

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Guest completed the course in 16 minutes while Mrs Browns Boys (corporate) from Goodline crossed the wall of foam finish line in 19 minutes.

Organiser Maria Hermann said it was the third time a Goodline team had taken out the corporate leg, after wins in 2015 and 2018.

The Random Three did the best among standard teams with a 25-minute finish time.

FMG volunteers and Neverfail Water kept the day running smoothly alongside a large contingent of off-duty police officers and army personnel.

Obstacles included rope bridges, climbing walls, scaffolding, hidden holes dug under the surface of the water and a tough late-course obstacle —- the monkey bars.

To finish, the mud-splattered course participants ran through soap foam and were hosed down by volunteer firefighters.

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