You’ve heard of Tough Mudder but what about tough mutt-er? This May, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are inviting fitness fans and game-for-a-laughers to participate in the UK’s first Muddy Dog Challenge.
Taking place on Sunday 10 May, hounds and their owners are invited to get down and dirty in this obstacle and mud run in South London’s Brockwell Park – all in aid of Battersea’s four-legged residents. Catering to all fitness levels, participants can choose to scamper, jog or walk round a 2.5km or 5km course, and crawl under nets, jump over tyres and squelch in mud in this dog-friendly assault course.
You can go it alone, rope in your rover, or gather up your dog-walking pals to run (or walk) as a team, the choice is yours. All Battersea ask if that you reach a £100 sponsorship target - they give you fundraising and training support to help. In return you can expect an event to remember; participating dogs will receive an exclusive bandana to show off their tough mutt-er status, and humans will be get a Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt, goody bag and medal.
Friends and family are also invited to spur you on and woof ‘n’ whoop as you can cross the finish line, plus there’ll be side-line activities for all to enjoy, as well as stalls to keep your fluid, fuel and treat levels topped up.
Muddy fun aside, the event will help raise vital funds towards the £12.7 million it costs almost every year to care for Battersea’s animals – all 10,000 of the dogs and cats that arrive at Battersea’s three centres in South London, Old Windsor in Berkshire and Brands Hatch in Kent. As Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding, the centres rely on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats.
The Muddy Dog Challenge takes place Sunday 10 May, 9am-2pm at Brockwell Park, London SE24. Registration fees starts from £27.50 for adults and £8.50 for dogs (group discounts available) with a fundraising target of £100 per person. The minimum age is 18 years for people and 1 year for dogs.
Go forth and rise to The Muddy Dog Challenge at Battersea.org.uk/muddydog, and get pet-working with your fellow participants using the #Muddydog hashtag. Just remember to have the dog shampoo and fluffy towels on standby!