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The aQuellé Epworth Mudman

[image] 26 February 2016


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The aQuelle Epworth Mudman held on the 3rd March 2013, was held in near perfect weather conditions.  The rain earlier in the week had settled the dust on the track and the early morning cloud cover meant that the queues at registration were not an entirely unbearable experience.

There are a number of tell-tale signs that suggest an increase in participation to an event, chief amongst them are the actual entry numbers.  This year there were 1353 athletes competing at the Epworth Mudman, that's an increase of 16% on the 2012 figure.

There is also the caliber of individual that is attracted to the event. This year Olympic Bronze medalist Bridget Hartley was seen having fun on the course, and winning her section.

Then there are those individuals who travel great distances to get to an event, Dundee High School sent 37 athletes, who had to stay at a venue near the event to be there in time for the start. Last but not least, are the sounds of the day, the happy banter between competitors on the track, the words of encouragement and praise from the spectators and the laughter and squeals of delight from the Mudskippers.

At this point it is prudent to salute the athletes from Fulton School for the Deaf, the series sponsored athletes, for their preparation and commitment to the event. They are an example to all of us to constantly be trying to improve our personal best from one Epworth Mudman to the next.

Speaking of individuals who continue to push their boundaries, our winners this year were:

Swimmers

Individual full-distance (19-39) - Tyronne White and Su Don-Wauchope

Individual full-distance (40+) - Karen Bargate and Jody Mitchell

Individual full-distance (U18) - Catherine Pellow-Jarman and Bermatt Viljoen

Full-distance Team -

Team Extreme (17-39)

Armadillos (u18) and Dream Team (u18)

Russell White Academy (Open) and Wendy Adrian (Open)

 

Individual half-distance (40+) - Dirk McElligott and Cindy Theunissen

Individual half-distance (17 -39) - Wade Young and Natalie Ferguson

Individual half-distance (14 - 16) - Dean Wortmann and Jamie-Lee Robertson

Individual half-distance (12 - 13) - Aaron Michell and Bridget Theunissen

Individual half - distance (U11) - Travis Stedman and Emma Lofstedt

 

Half-distance Team -

Untouchables (u11)

Oliver Kids (12-13)

Wartburg Trailblazers (12-13)

JR's (14-16)

The Wykeham Danville (14-16)

Team 1 (u18)

Fandamily (17-39)

Team Epworth (17-39)

Team 1 (19-39)

The Elliotts (40+)

Team Steam (Open)


Paddlers

Individual full-distance (u18) - Damon Stamp

Individual full-distance (open) - Bridgitte Hartley and Jedson Tooms

Individual full-distance (veterans) - Ewan Cochran and Penny Meakin

Full distance Team - Team1 (19-39) and B and J (Open)

Individual half-distance (40+) - Robyn Leslie and Shane Millward

Individual half-distance (17-39) - Maya Opperman and Andrew McFadden

Individual half-distance (14-16) -  Cana Peek and Cayde Muldoon

 

Individual half-distance (12-13) - Amy Peckett and Dominic Leslie

Individual half-distance (U11) - Paige Frances Brombacher and Ross Leslie

Half Distance Team -

Friends (Open)

Fast but not so furious (u11)

Team 3 G (12 - 13)

Energized Bunnies (14-16)

Wobblyboks (17-39)

Hilliar (17-39)

Lastly, don't forget to check out our Facebook page, Epworth aQuelle Mudman, for visual confirmation of the FUN FAMILY day.  We look forward to seeing you again next year!

5 comment(s)

Dave Mercer
Albert Falls always makes for a great setting and we enjoyed the route. But Pleeeeease don't double lap the full-distance MTB course so it overlaps with the short course 1st lap....it's frustrating and dangerous. there's loads of space and trails at this venue for a completely separate 2nd loop for the long course. Cheers.

Nicholas Bell
I agree with Dave Mercer, this is my second time doing this event and the double lapping of the ride in particular is highly frustrating, as on the second lap you have to go through all the half distance people (a lot of kids), either start the half distance a bit later or stick to a single lap course, because the bottle necks and weaving though masses of slow people is a bit ridiculous!!!

Bridget
I agree with Dave Mercer too. Also, with all the space at Albert Falls is there no other run route available? It's definitely not a run anyway and everyone seems to go single file as it's not easy to pass. Can they also do something about entering the gates after 09:30. I had family coming for the Mud Skippers and they waited at the gate for 40 minutes to sign in.

Bridget
I agree with Dave Mercer too. Also, with all the space at Albert Falls is there no other run route available? It's definitely not a run anyway and everyone seems to go single file as it's not easy to pass. Can they also do something about entering the gates after 09:30. I had family coming for the Mud Skippers and they waited at the gate for 40 minutes to sign in.

Vanessa
Will definitley be there next year - impressed with the location and the number of participants