It’s a muddy invasion

Up to 20,000 Tough Mudders will flock to Bakers Hill for what organisers hope will become an annual event. Picture: Rob Daniels.
Up to 20,000 Tough Mudders will flock to Bakers Hill for what organisers hope will become an annual event. Picture: Rob Daniels.

The Shire of Northam approved an application to stage the October 26-27 event ” run over a 20km obstacle course ” at last month’s council meeting.

Australian Tough Mudder ambassador Lee Campbell said organisers were expecting more than 15,000 people to flock to Bakers Hills to participate in the event. But due to the popularity of similar events in WA, there could be as many as 20,000 competitors.

‘The more people, the better,’ Mr Campbell said.

‘We think that area is going to give the best opportunity for people to compete because it’s central, but still out of the way.’

A bond of $40,000 will be paid to the council to ensure the event does not |disrupt any shire-owned infrastructure in the area.

Tough Mudder will be held on privately owned land at 724 Leaver Road in Bakers Hill. Spectators and competitors will reach it via Decastilla Road from Great Eastern Highway. The shire said there could be more than 6000 cars driving to the area over the two days.

There were no objections to the event from Main Roads or WA Police.

Mr Campbell said the event would be a huge boost for the small town.

‘It is fantastic for the region’s economy and we always take care of the environment,’ he said.

‘We like to make the environment part of the course and we make sure we leave it in the exact same condition it was in before the event.

‘We are keen to come back next year and have it as an annual event in the town.’

Participants will start arriving on site from 6am and will be offsite by 7pm.