The 10km route starts at Firle Place before heading out onto the Old Coach Road at the foot of the South Downs. The route continues towards Alciston along a gentle track, with sweeping views north over the High Weald in Kent. At Alciston participants will tackle a steep climb up onto the top of the South Downs for stunning 360-degree views to the coast and beyond. The route then heads past Firle Beacon, before a final down hill climb back into the village of Firle and across the finish line at Firle Place where a glass of bubbly awaits.
Muddy Dog Trek - South Downs
Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Muddy Dog Trek South Downs this year.
We will be contacting all participants that have already registered for the event, with more information and next steps. We know this will be disappointing news for all those who have signed up to participate and we can only apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
|10km human only||£25||£150|
|10km human and dog||£35||£150|
|20km human only||£30||£200|
|20km human and dog||£40||£200|
Participants must be aged 18 years or above and dogs must be at least one year old on the day of the event.
What you get:
- A Muddy Dog Trek t-shirt for you and a bandana for your dog
- Clearly marked, fully signed, bespoke route
- Regular rest stops to refuel, with snacks and drinks
- A glass of bubbly as you cross the finish line
- Finisher's medal for you and a rosette for your four-legged friend
- Medics and vets on site
- Fundraising support from start to finish including materials, ideas and tips
We ask each Muddy Dog Trek participant to fundraise £150 (for the 10k distance) or £200 (for the 20k distance) to help us to be here for every cat and dog.
The easiest way to fundraise is to set up an online giving page and share it with your friends, family and colleagues.
Take a look at our fundraising tips for ideas and inspiration to help you reach your target.
Where will the money I raise go?
The money you raise by taking part in the Muddy Dog Trek will go towards the running of Battersea and the care of our dogs and cats.
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If you and all of our Muddy Dog Trek 2020 participants raise £200, this would pay for the care of 80 dogs for the duration of their stay here at Battersea.
CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
Both routes start and finish at Firle Place, a beautiful country estate in the South Downs National Park. The routes are bespoke to this event and planned with you and your dog in mind. They are sign posted all the way and with regular rest stops, you have plenty of opportunities to stop and refresh as well as learn more about Battersea on your way.
The 20km route also starts at Firle Place before heading out onto the Old Coach Road at the foot of the South Downs. The route continues towards Alciston along a gentle track, with sweeping views north over the High Weald in Kent. Participants then continue towards the beautiful riverside village of Alfriston on the Cuckmere River, followed by a downhill climb back to Firle Place where a glass of bubbly awaits.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All participants and spectators must abide by these rules and any instructions or regulations displayed or given on the day of the event by event staff and volunteers.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Entries cannot be accepted on the day to help ensure that the event is safe. We have an allocated capacity that the team must adhere to and the contact details for all participants must be held in advance in the case of an emergency.
- All participants must write the name and number of a person to contact in case of an emergency (this cannot be someone that is taking part in the event with the participant) and details of anything that should be considered in the event of a medical emergency (such as medication being taken) on the reverse of their official race number, which must be worn on the front of shirts during the event.
- In the case of an emergency Battersea may use the emergency contact details participants provided to us at sign up and/or the emergency contact details on the reverse of their official race number.
- Any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part in an event should take medical advice from a General Practitioner prior to the event. Those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not take part. Those with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, a heart condition or any other medical condition which may affect their ability to participate in this event should consult their General Practitioner prior to signing up for the challenge. Pregnant women should also consult their General Practitioner before signing up. Participants are strongly advised not to participate if they are or have recently been suffering from a cold or flu symptoms.
- All participants enter the Muddy Dog Trek entirely at their own risk.
- Battersea shall not be liable for any injury, death, damage or loss howsoever suffered by participants as a result of their participation other than in respect of any injury, death, damage or loss arising as a result of Battersea’s negligence.
- Battersea takes all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of injury to participants during this event. There is a stringent risk assessment process in place that aims to minimise or eliminate the risk to everyone taking part. However, by taking part in the Muddy Dog Trek, all participants acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond Battersea’s control that can lead to unforeseen risks. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the Muddy Dog Trek team before agreeing to take part in the event.
- Participants’ supporters and family members spectate at the Muddy Dog Trek entirely at their own risk. Battersea shall not be liable for any injury, death, damage or loss howsoever suffered by spectators as a result of their participation other than in respect of any injury, death, damage or loss arising as a result of Battersea’s negligence.
- We ask that every participant raises a minimum of £150 (for the 10km distance) or £200 (for the 20km distance) in sponsorship, which will go towards the running of Battersea/our three centres. We ask for this to reach us within one month of the event. You will receive lots of fundraising advice and support to help you reach your goal: the more sponsorship you raise, the more our animals will benefit. Your registration fee goes towards the cost of putting on the event including venue hire, merchandise, food and drink, and marketing.
- Offers will only apply during stating time periods, participants who purchase tickets outside of the offer period will not be given a reduction.
- All participants must complete their own section of the registration form and agree to the Terms and Conditions and complete the ‘Keep in touch' question themselves. Participants should not register on someone else’s behalf or provide someone else’s details without their consent.
- All participants must be aged 18 or above on event day.
- We ask that every participant raises a minimum of £150 (for the 10km distance) and £200 (for the 20km distance) in sponsorship for Battersea. Any money raised in connection with the Muddy Dog Trek is held on trust for Battersea and must be passed to Battersea. We ask that all participants do this as soon as possible after the event. We ask that all sponsorship money be passed to Battersea within one month following the event. All sponsorship money raised will go towards the running of Battersea/our three centres.
- Pay via your Muddy Dog Trek JustGiving page.
- Pay over the phone by credit or debit card by calling 020 7627 7883.
- Send a cheque payable to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to Muddy Dog Trek, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA.
- Send an online transfer – please contact the Muddy Dog Trek team for details.
- For health and safety reasons, participants doing the 10km trek must reach the half-way rest stop by 14.00. Participants doing the 20km trek must reach the first rest stop by 12.30, the lunch stop by 14.00 and the last rest stop by 16.30. There will be a staff member, called the back marker, walking both routes in the slowest time allowed so participants know what speed they need to walk to complete the course on time. If participants arrive at a rest stop later than the time listed above, they will be driven to the next rest stop or the finish line.
- If participants choose to drop out of the event before they finish, they must follow the procedures on their event documentation. Participants must call the event number to let the organisers know they are dropping out and to provide their location. If required, they will be picked up at the nearest vehicle access point and driven to the finish.
- Battersea asks that all participants along with their supporters refrain from smoking at the events.
- Battersea asks that all participants along with their supporters do not use or display aggressive or abusive language or behaviour towards our organisers and volunteers.
- Participants can take part with a dog however they must abide by the Rules for Dogs. There shall be no more than one dog per handler at any time on the course. Participants must be in control of their dog at all times.
- First aid facilities and veterinary cover will be provided at the event, however due to the large area that the event covers, participants may have to wait a short while for medical and veterinary assistance to reach them
- Battersea reserves the right to remove any person or dog from the course or event should they break the rules or be considered a danger to other participants, volunteers, Battersea staff, dogs or spectators.
- All participants must abide by the countryside code.
- The Muddy Dog Trek is a challenging event and will not be suitable for all dogs. Please consider your dog’s age, health, breed-type and ability before registering. For example, many flat-nose, overweight or older dogs might struggle to complete the 20km distance but may be able to complete the 10km distance if they are used to regular long walks. We advise speaking to your veterinary surgeon before registering as all dogs are different. We also advise that in the lead up to the event, you should consider going on a few long walks, gradually increasing the distance to improve your dog’s stamina prior to the event.
- Participants must pick up after their dog - please bring poo bags with you on the day.
- All dogs taking part must be aged one year or above on event day.
- Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, please ensure dogs are on a short lead in busy areas including the event village and rest stops.
- Participants must be in control of their dog at all times.
- One dog only per participant.
- The most important thing is that dogs and humans enjoy the trek so if a dog becomes anxious or stressed in any way, we reserve the right to remove any dog from the course.
- We advise that dogs eat a light morning meal at least an hour before the trek starts.
- Owners enter themselves and their dogs at their own risk, therefore, Battersea is not liable for any injuries or harm sustained as a result of taking part in the Muddy Dog Trek, including those or that caused by natural water and/or mud at the events. We will have first aid on site for humans. We will also have a vet on site for dogs but in the unlikely event of an emergency, you will need to visit either your own local, or a nearby, vet's practice. Details of a nearby vet's will be available on the day.
- Participants will be required to lift their dogs over stiles that appear along the route if their dog is not able to get around, fit under, or jump over them themselves.
If you have any unanswered questions, check out our dedicated FAQs page for all your Muddy Dog Trek needs.