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The 12 year old girls were all smiles as they tackled the longer 3 km course. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Muddy fun at cross country

The Ohinemuri group of schools held their cross-country day at Hikutaia School on August 16. Students from across the district raced through muddy paddocks, on top of the stopbank and past fences to reach the finish line. Spectators and other racers lined the course to cheer on their teammates. The weather was perfect for running, but recent rains meant that all the runners, shod or not, came away with a thick layer of mud adorning their legs. 

Valley Profile reporter ALICE PARMINTER caught the action. 

Ataahua Pikia, left, and Miriama Fatamaka. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Liam Rawnsley, front, and Kayden Drent, put on a burst of speed. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Hikutaia School's Oscar Gumbley crosses the finish line. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Kiana Parata-Bidios from Hikutaia School. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
The 11 year old boys charged off the starting line, making a sprint for the first gate. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER