Oh Muck! Mud Run at Rostrevor Holidays

The day got off to an interesting start when Banana Man and his sidekicks, The Dancing Divas, ran into a confrontation with the Men in Suits. They were all at Rostrevor Holidays for a joint cause in goodness however, and the differences were put aside for the start of the Oh Muck! Mud Run, raising money for the Southern Area Hospice Services.

Finish Line at Oh Muck! Mud Run

Teamwork got them around.

A quick start saw a few fallers at the first hurdle, the river splash. Some wondered how to get across this obstacle without getting their shoes wet… little did they know that this was to be the least of their worries on the course! Onwards they drove, over hurdles and barrels, before they encountered “The Maggot Farm”. A climb through a dark tunnel, where lurked unknown horrors through which to squelch. The peaceful riverside track gave some respite before Dominic Tinnelly cheered the competitors up the steep bank, where the help of a rope was needed in order to get to the top.

Gary McKay (though you might not recognize him!)

The Fields of Muck (sponsored by Clerk Fencing) caused many searches for stuck shoes, and friends having to pull their teammates along and out of mud holes. Later on in the course, the participants had to use their strength and balance to make it through the ditch run, along the balance beams, through the spider’s net, along the rope bridge, and up over the cargo net. Unfortunately there was no camera on the latter obstacle, but from all accounts, it would have made perfect viewing on You’ve Been Framed.

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Out for a walk in the countryside, Aidan McKinley.

Crowds of friends and supporters gathered for the entertainment of watching the race progress through more obstacles, including “The Worm Hole”, “The Slippy Slide”, and “The Mud Crawl”. At the end of the second lap, the competitors were treated to a soak in the “Hot Tub”… only to realise after submersion that it was being fed directly from the local river.

Many of the participants took part in Oh Muck! Mud Run, for the fun and laughter, and to help raise money for the Southern Area Hospice Services. However, at the competitive end of the group, the top places were battled for strongly. Colin Ross, of Rosco Lines, and Barry Tinnelly were neck and neck for most of the course, with proof of this in the photos of them going down the slippy slide together. In the end it was a first place for Colin, with Barry in second, and a superb race from Warrenpoint’s Gary McKay in third. The girls’ competitive natures shone through strongly with Rostrevor’s Claire Daly alongside Bikedock Belles’ Julie McCorry. First place went to Julie, Claire took second, and Kerri Campbell was close on their heels in third.

Group Winners in both categories

By all accounts, the day was a huge success, with well over £1000 raised for the Southern Area Hospice Services. Many thanks to the volunteers on the day who made the event run smoothly. The organizers would also like to thank the local business involved in support of the event, without whose help it would not have been possible. These include Rostrevor Holidays, Clerk Fencing, Chain Reaction Cycles, Lee Opticians, The Old School House, Fiachra Donnelly, The Kilbroney Bar, and P. Turley and Sons.

Thanks to Lol Bagnelle Photography for some of the photos. More can be found on Lol Bagnelle Facebook Page

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