Unsuspecting visitors were treated to an action-packed
fun-filled race down Arrowtown's main street on Sunday
morning, as nine teams of four battled for top honours in the
annual Pub to Pub Challenge, part of the Arrowtown Autumn
Autumn Festival slideshow here
Teams gathered at Jonesy's Cafe & Bar for a briefing and
The heats comprised five stations, with the first proving
problematic for most teams.
After drinking a beer through a straw, one person had to eat
two dry Weet-Bix, before blowing up a balloon and tying it
That person tagged in a team-mate, who had to put on make-up
without a mirror before tagging the third team member, who
had to eat a piece of custard square without using their
From there, all teams raced in a five-legged balloon race to
the finish line, where another beer was consumed. The first
team to have everyone finished went through to the final.
Despite calls of cheating against the Arrowtown Rugby and
Zebra teams - who completed a three-legged balloon race,
rather than five - Arrowtown Rugby made the final, joined by
the Arrowtown Bakery and Fork'n Tap teams.
The final began with the Weet-Bix challenge. A knitting
challenge required one person to knit 20 stitches, which
proved difficult for all.
Arrowtown Rugby coach Hayden Finch was first off the mark
with the knitting, setting his team up for an easy victory.
Player Cam Beale sat on Nick Lynch's knee and was fed
spaghetti from behind, before Beale was turned into a
clingfilm mummy and carried across the finish line.
The best dressed team was the ''Flighties'' - Justine
Eardley, Jill Mason, Heather Turnbull and Karla Weston, while
best team spirit went to ''Nap Time at the Finish Line'' -
John Gibson, Sam Collins, Bonnie Rogers and Whitney Wanous.