MANY months of preparation and hard work paid off at the remarkable aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman on Saturday, February 2. The Hermannsburg Mudman is the first in the prestigious Mudman Series, and the family-oriented multi-sport event continues to attract many athletes, who bring along family and friends to support and share the day with them. The Spur Mudskipper Adventure, for pre-schoolers to U12s, took place in the morning and was well-supported. Proud mothers and fathers (and maybe even grandma and grandpa) accompanied the youngest ones, while the older children braved the course on their own. Two gladiator jumping castles were added to the running section to make the course more exciting and challenging, and proved a hit with the competitors.The main events in the afternoon were enjoyed by athletes of all ages and abilities. The running and cycling routes took athletes through the beautiful Boskom Mondi forest; the course was praised by all the athletes as one of the most picturesque and challenging courses of the Mudman Series. Sponsors pulled out all the stops to support the day and at the prize-giving the athletes walked off with some wonderful prizes.A big “thank you” goes to the staff and school family who worked hard and tirelessly behind the scenes to make the day such a success, and a jumbo “thank you” goes to all the athletes, their supporters and especially to all generous sponsors and prize donors. In other sports news, the U15 cricket team played Greytown High School last week. After 20 overs, Hermannsburg had scored 116 for the loss of six wickets (Neo Blackburn 26). Greytown replied with 57 all out (Zail Rubieparsad three for five, Kwanda Zulu two for 10 and Neo Blackburn two for 17). Hermannsburg won by 59 runs. — Supplied.