Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun – a big success!

The weekend of the 20th of July saw 319 individuals gather at the Racefood Head Quarters in Merrivale Heights, for the launch of a new and exciting Wild Series event called the ‘Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun’. This is a 5km, fun filled obstacle course which forms part of a series of sporting events (Wild Series) that aims to raise funds for conservation in and around South Africa.

There was also a shorter 2km, kid friendly course for 6 – 12 year olds. The race had different categories which meant that you could take part as an individual, a team of boys or girls, mixed teams and school teams.

Participants all dressed in Jonsson workwear overalls took on 21 obstacles, but sharing mud was the main order of the day. The first individual to complete the race in the men’s category was Matt Kretzman chased closely by Owen Bengo who came in second place. Maya Oppermann held onto her 1st place in the ladies race, 6 minutes before Bronwyn De Lange. Epworth School team took 1st place in the schools race, walking away with Makro vouchers to the value of R5 000 and the first overall team went to the Karkloof Rangers.
Although the day started at an almost sub-zero degree temperature, it turned out to be the most magnificent midlands day!

Thanks to the following sponsors: Old Mutual, Sunday Tribune, Jonsson Workwear and Racefood, for investing and contributing to this collective effort of raising funds for the conservation of the Karkloof Nature Reserve.

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Owen Bengo being interviewed by the media when he took 2nd place in the men’s category of the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun – an exciting new obstacle challenge that took place on the 20th of July. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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319 participants head off at the start of the inaugural Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Kirsten Horne, one of the participants that took part in the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun, makes her way through one of the 21 obstacles that make up the challenging course. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Siphumelele Ndlovu, an employee at Wildlands, attempts to mount one of the 21 obstacles that make up the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Maya Oppermann who completed the ladies race in first place in a time of 1 hour 17 minutes at the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun, with Steve Walters of Racefood. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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The Epworth School team; Cana Peek, Jamie Robertson, Natalie Du Trevou, Kay Bilbrough together with the blue racefood ambassadors at the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun. Epworth School took first place the schools category. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Msephi Mtshali, an employee of the Wildlands Conservation Trust, sliding down the slip and slide obstacle that forms part of the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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The last of the 21 obstacles that make up the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun which involves having to dive into a rather muddy pool of freezing water. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Zandile Masikane, Lindokuhle Hlongwane, Silindile Ball, Ayanda Mayeza, Dr. Andrew Venter, Siphindile Moloi and Siphumelele Ndlovu, all Wildlands Conservation Trust employees celebrate completing the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun held on Sunday, 20th of July 2014 at the Racefood headquarters in Merrivale Heights. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND

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Matt Kretzman who took first place in the Old Mutual Midlands Mudrun in a time of 36.18 minutes, standing with Steve Walters of Racefood. PHOTOGRAPHER – EM GATLAND