2480 Little Ponies member Dylan Coleman gets out of the tanks during the Samson Challenge 2016 at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
2480 Little Ponies member Dylan Coleman gets out of the tanks during the Samson Challenge 2016 at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Participants tame a monster course in Samson Challenge

OVER a 140 teams battled it out across Hepburn Park on Saturday to see who could tame the monster course set out by the Samson volunteers.

Participants ranging form Sydney to Brisbane started every 15 minutes in the timed event and competed with assistance of 100 volunteers including the 41st army battalion.

Our Kids funding co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said the nine gruelling challenges, including a farmers walk with jerry cans, a prowler push, a 130kg truck tyre flip, a burpee challenge, two 2km run legs, a 1km swim, and a mystery leg had definitely taken their toll.

"I think they have a love/hate relationship with the mystery leg," Mrs Battista said.

"They are all very excited until they actually try it."

Organiser Rebekka Battista said entries were up about 50% on 2015 numbers and she hoped to raise more than $20,000 for Our Kids.

She commended the community effort and said the help of volunteers including the Lord Taverners, Lions Club and sponsors meant that the event was bigger and better than ever.

Both Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and MP Thomas George were shouting support for participants from the sideline while kids got to tackle their own mini version of the course.



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