From L to R: Stefanie McKenzie, Brianna Longdin, Sophie Townsend and Casey Roessink  recover after their Darfield High School team were the first home winning them the Girl’s Trophy - the first time it had ever gone to the School.

Many Getting Muddy At Mud Run


Nearly 1,000 Canterbury secondary school students representing thirty schools turned out for the annual University of Canterbury (UC) Educational Mud Run on Sunday, June 17th at the Motukarara Racecourse.

This year saw a large Selwyn contingent competing, with students from around the area attending the event and joining in the fun.

The UC Education Mud Run was begun in June 2011 after the earthquakes damaged, or destroyed, many of the sporting facilities and recreation areas in Canterbury. Organisers recognised that there was a risk of lack of participation in the Province’s youth. “We saw an opportunity, through a different kind of event, to reach out to secondary school students and motivate them to set a goal,” Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Falloon explained.

During the run students have an opportunity to clamber through cold muddy sludge, run through creeks and crawl tunnels. The students end the race with mud caking their body from head to toe, cold and wet, but generally with a huge smile.

Each year, there is the ‘Best Dressed Parade’ with up to 250 teams of students lining up before the race to showcase their crazy costumes for a shot at the title. This year four Year 13 students from Lincoln High School took the honour, defending their title after winning as Year 9 and Year 12 students.

One of the Darfield High School teams took first place in the race for the girls, while St Thomas of Canterbury College had the win for the boys. A mixed team from West Melton won their division.