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DML Staff & friends take on the 2016 Tawharanui Coastal Challenge

The 23km Mid-Monty distance event was held through the Tawharanui Regoinal Park, Auckland and required 'Team DML Loaded' to run, walk, hobble, scramble, wade, climb and crawl their way around some of Auckland's most pristine coast.

The course took us east from Campbells Beach through numerous bays across white sand, stones, gravel, boulders and gnarly rocks. Next we were up and over the peninsula through a mixture of native bush trails and grassed tracks which offered awesome panoramic views out over Kawau, Little Barrier and the Omaha Bay. We then dropped down towards the distinctive golden sand of Anchor Bay and headed west along Tawharanui beach and associated rocky headlands.

A final stretch was a ball-breaking shuffle across the sand from the southern end of Omaha Beach to the finish line at Fraser Reserve next to the Omaha Surf Club where a cold Speights (and a Loaded sports drink) helped us across the line.

All in all, a challenging event and a chance to experience some typically amazing NZ coastline from land rather than water.

For the record Jimmy smoked Declan by a whopping 0.5 seconds!