So… what’s this Mudman thing all about?
Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999.
The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. In recent years, two other schools copied the idea, bringing in professional sports organisers to run their events purely as fundraisers.
In 2004, the three schools agreed to work together and transform the three separate Mudman competitions into a series. In 2006 a fourth school joined the series. Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsor of three of the Mudman events and of the Mudman Series as a whole.
Notable competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bouman, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Cumming, Ken Curr, and Suzette Botha.
School teams have always been a big part of Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.
aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 4km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.
Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.
With great prizes up for grabs and a Mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.
- 700 m swim or 2.5 km paddle
- 20 km mountain bike ride
- 5 km trail run
- 350 m swim or 1.25 km paddle
- 10 km mountain bike ride
- 2.5 km trail run
RACE DETAILS (4 Feb 2017)
|Race||Start Time||Pre Entry Fee||Late Entry Fee|
|Full Individual Paddle||14:00||R 160||R 180|
|Full Individual Swim||14:00||R 160||R 180|
|Full Team Paddle||14:00||R 390||R 420|
|Full Team Swim||14:00||R 390||R 420|
|Half Individual Paddle||14:30||R 140||R 160|
|Half Individual Swim||14:30||R 140||R 160|
|Half Team Paddle||14:30||R 330||R 360|
|Half team Swim||14:30||R 330||R 360|
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