Manchester Muddy Dog Challenge Sees Animal Lovers Raise Over £50,000 for Battersea

27 JUNE 2022

Animal lovers have raised over £50,000 by taking part in Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge - one of the UK’s biggest obstacle courses where members of the public can take part with their dog.

570 participants came together at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire on Sunday (26 June) in a fun-packed day full of mud, sweat and cheers. The event has so far raised a total of £53,093 which will go towards the vital care of the thousands of dogs and cats everywhere that the charity helps every year.

After a starting line warm-up, participants of all ages tackled obstacles with their dogs as they weaved in and out of the mutt maze, wriggled through the mud at the canine crawl, leapt over the hurdling hounds and splashed through the doggy ball pit. Friends, family and volunteers clapped participants across the finishing line, where they were each handed a well-earned Muddy Dog Challenge medal and a rosette for their dogs. 

Taking on the obstacles on the day was Jess Billington and her two-year-old Golden Retriever, Cleo. Jess said: “This is the first time I’ve taken part in a Muddy Dog Challenge and it was so great having Cleo by my side. She loved running with the other dogs and had so much fun rolling around and getting nice and muddy, it was the perfect event for me and Cleo to do together. It’s great to be surrounded by so many other animal lovers. I have a two-year-old cat at home called Frankie as well, so it’s brilliant to be raising money for Battersea who help dogs and cats everywhere find forever homes.”

Also tackling the obstacles was Josh Prudhoe who took part with his two-year-old Chow Chow and Huskie cross, Simba. Josh said: “Simba loved the ball pit splash and couldn’t get enough of the water today, he had a great time. He’s going to be three next week, so I couldn’t think of a better birthday treat for him than to get all muddy and help raise money for a great cause.”   

Battersea’s Senior Challenge Events Officer, Jasmine Monk, said: “Our Manchester event has seen our participants raise a fantastic amount for Battersea and all the money raised will allow our dedicated staff to care for the thousands of dogs and cats that need our help everywhere. I want to say thank you to all those who participated, volunteered, and cheered on their loved ones. Everyone here has helped make this a really special day and without everyone’s support, we simply wouldn’t be able to do it”.   

Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge will be taking place at locations all over the UK this year including Cheltenham, Windsor, Leeds, Derby and Exeter.

Early-bird registration is currently available for a limited-time, saving participants 20% off the usual ticket price.

For more information on how to take part, and to take advantage of the 20% early-bird offer, please visit the Battersea website: https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/

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Notes to editors 

 

  • The Muddy Dog Challenge raises money for Battersea. Registration for the remaining events are still open at: https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/
  • Battersea is on the lookout for volunteers for various roles at the Muddy Dog Challenge, for those who don’t want to run the course but still want to get involved, please visit: https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/volunteers to find out more about how to volunteer.   
  • Battersea offers love and expert care to dogs and cats in need by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals across our centres, and by sharing our knowledge and resources with rescue organisations around the world. We do this because we want to help every dog and cat, everywhere. 
  • In 2021 Battersea directly cared for 1,601 dogs and 1,743 cats at our three centres. We also helped thousands more through our communities programme, campaigning work, supporting other rescue centres and animal welfare advocates, and sharing knowledge and advice with pet owners.
  • In addition to the site in London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit: https://donate.battersea.org.uk