Newcastle Muddy Dog Challenge raises over £20,000 for Battersea

12 OCTOBER 2021

Over 250 animal lovers and their dogs came together at Newcastle Racecourse last weekend (09 October) to take part in Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge.

Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is one of the UK’s biggest obstacle courses that members of the public can take part in with their dog. After events were postponed last year, the Muddy Dog Challenge in Newcastle was able to take place for the first time in two years with participants tackling obstacles including the ‘Canine Crawl’, ‘Muddy Mayhem’ and ‘Ball Pit Splash’.

Those taking part on the day included a team from Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in Darlington; Laura Weldon with five-year-old working Cocker Spaniel, Spencer, Lindsay Murray with two-year-old working Cocker Spaniel, Eric, and Jeanette Tungesvik with 18-month-old Irish Terrier, Hazel.

Speaking on the day, Laura said, “After assisting with Battersea dog demonstrations at game fairs in the past, it was great to take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge with my colleagues whilst raising money for a good cause. Let’s just say that the dogs certainly proved themselves to be fitter than the handlers on the day!”.

Battersea’s Senior Challenge Events Officer, Jasmine Monk, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came and conquered the Muddy Dog Challenge in Newcastle with us. We are so grateful to each and every single person and dog who turned up – whether they were taking part, volunteering or cheering their loved ones on. It was great to see everyone back after a difficult year and a half. All the money raised will allow Battersea’s dedicated staff to care for the thousands of dogs and cats that need our help. We wouldn’t be able to do it without everyone’s support, so thank you.”

The total raised from this event so far is at over £23,457. The funds raised will go towards the vital care of the thousands of homeless animals that Battersea helps every year.

The event comes following the launch of Battersea’s new ‘Wear Blue for Rescue’ campaign where pet owners and supporters alike can help champion rescue animals whilst showing their love for those who deserve a second chance in life. Members of the public are invited to show their support by proudly wearing the new Rescue symbol as a way to stand out, stand up and unite all animal lovers far and wide.

To get involved with the campaign and ‘Wear Blue for Rescue’ animal lovers can buy a rescue symbol with items including pin badges, tote bags or pet tag, wear it with pride, share on social media by tagging @Battersea and using #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed and donate to help rescue animals everywhere. To find out more, visit

The Muddy Dog Challenge, which is proudly supported by Seresto flea and tick control collar, will be travelling all over the UK. Registration for places is now closed. Please check the website for more information at

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Notes to editors 

  • The Muddy Dog Challenge raises money for Battersea.
  • Battersea has been working hard to ensure the event can be enjoyed safely by all, and attendees will be advised in advance as to what COVID measures will be in place, depending on current guidelines.
  • For more information on Battersea’s sponsor, Seresto Flea and Tick Control collar, please visit With 7-8 months clinically proven protection, Seresto believes every pet should be free to play on without the fear of fleas and ticks.
  • Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us – championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them because rescue is our favourite breed. 
  • 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 
  • In addition to the site in London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or