Muddy mayhem for runners

The Mahurangi College cross country competition was nothing short of a traditional affair this year, with plenty of mud, sweat and sunshine.

Running took place at the Warkworth Showgrounds on May 4 with a 2.25km course, run once by junior and Year 7 and 8 students, and twice by intermediate and senior students.

Josh Lambert proved the standout performer setting the fastest two-lap time (despite being in the intermediate age group), of 19 minutes and 25 seconds.

Senior boy Theo Newman achieved the second fastest two-lap time of 20 minutes and 7 seconds. He was followed by fellow seniors Samuel Twig and Matthew Willmot.

In the senior girls division, Lucy Rowe set an impressive time of 22 minutes and 59 seconds, with Nicole White second and Mia Matheson third.

Another Rowe was on form in the intermediate girls section, with Kate coming first in 23 minutes and 14 seconds. Following her was Shona Illingworth and Coco Bone.

The fastest single-lap time was set by Dan D’Urban-Burgess in the junior boys category. He finished in 9 minutes and 49 seconds.

Other place-getters: First – Maia Collins Bowman, Matthew Bowyer, Grace Richards, Ziggy Neely and Sasha Jamieson; second – George D’Urban-Burgess, Nathan Strong, Kali Leprou, Tom Barnett, Lucee Illingworth, Tommo McGuire and Mahana Demeulemeester; third – Eli Hallam, Ty Connolly, Megan Maclachlan, James Fuller, Devin Lee, Sammie Le Bas, Niall Christian and Zoe Peacock.