Hermannsburg Mudman 2016 report

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It’s full tilt ahead at the start, and this often results in boats toppling over as paddlers lose their balance in the turbulent water.

Mudman means teamwork

An African proverb says: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Well, it takes a school community to put on a successful Mudman. Many months of preparation and hard worked paid off, and on Saturday 6 February, the aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman  – the first in this year’s prestigious Mudman Series – was again both unforgettable and outstanding.

The family-oriented multisport event attracted over 300 athletes who brought along family and friends to share the day with them.

The Hermannsburg area is picturesque and serene, making it a popular event for all members of the family.

The Hermannsburg area is picturesque and serene, making it a popular event for all members of the family.

Kids lead the way

The day’s events started with the Spur Mudskipper Adventure for preschoolers up to U12. About 150 children took part, proud parents accompanying the youngest ones while the older children braved the course on their own. In the afternoon, athletes of all ages and abilities enjoyed the main events.

The running and cycling routes took the athletes through the beautiful Boskom Mondi forest; the course was praised by all the athletes as one of the most picturesque and challenging in the Mudman Series.

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Being in the KZN Midlands, gradients are a given at the aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman.

The generous sponsors pulled out all the stops to support the day and the winning athletes walked off with some wonderful prizes. Delicious snacks and meals were available throughout the day.

A big thank you goes to the staff and school family, who worked tirelessly and hard behind the scenes to make the day such a success; a jumbo thank you goes to all the athletes, their supporters and especially to all the very generous sponsors and prize donors.

Wolfgang Rommelspacher and Günther Köhne of the HMB School Trust team with Deputy Head Boy Rupert Meyer.

Wolfgang Rommelspacher and Günther Köhne of the HMB School Trust team with Deputy Head Boy Rupert Meyer

Main race podiums

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Darryn Purtell proves it takes focus and commitment to achieve at the highest level.

Shelley Higgo won the Mudman Trophy (full-distance swim/run/cycle) in the ladies’ division, followed by Sarah Gray.

Darryn Purtell won the men’s Mudman Trophy, with Travers Pellew in second.

In the canoeing section, Michael Hay and Maritza Erasmus were the winners in the full-distance events.

Wembley College won the Primary Schools’ Challenge, while Voortekker Hoërskool A Team won the High Schools’ Challenge.

The HMB School Trust team won both the Corporate Challenge and the Board Challenge.

More results on the Hermannsburg School website.

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