Muddy Dog Trek

Trek the distance together.

Take on the Muddy Dog Trek for Battersea with your best friend by your side and enjoy the beauty of the South Downs together.

The Muddy Dog Trek takes place on Saturday 27 April. You can choose to tackle either a 10km or 20km trek, which you can enter as a dog and human team, or on your own. Both routes start and finish at Firle Place, in the village of Firle near Lewes.

Please check whether your dog can participate before registering.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • A Muddy Dog Trek t-shirt for you and a bandana for your dog
  • Snacks and rest stops en-route
  • Fully signed course and route maps
  • Finisher's medal for you and a rosette for your four-legged friend
  • Medics and vets on site
  • A glass of bubbly as you cross the finish line

CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE

10km route

£25 registration fee + £100 in fundraising

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, before a well-deserved break, where there will be energy snacks, water, tea and coffee. 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 cold pasta lunch and drinks await, including a glass of bubbly!

20km route

£30 registration fee + £100 in fundraising

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. At Alciston participants will enjoy their first break with energy snacks, water, tea and coffee. Participants then continue towards the beautiful and picturesque riverside village of Alfriston on the Cuckmere River. At Alfriston walkers will enjoy a cold pasta lunch with drinks before the route travels up onto the Downs for some stunning 360-degree views. Participants will enjoy a final snack break with drinks before passing Firle Beacon, followed by a downhill climb back to Firle Place where a glass of bubbly awaits!

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Timings

The event will open from 8am, and participants must arrive at Firle Place by 8.30am. There will be a safety briefing at 8.45am and the treks will start between 9am and 9.15am. All participants must complete the course by 5.30pm.

Battersea Muddy Dog Trek

  • 10km - participants must reach the half way rest stop at Bo Peep Car Park by 1pm and complete the course by 5.30pm.
  • 20km - participants must reach the first rest stop at Alciston by 11.30am, the lunch stop in Alfriston by 1pm, the afternoon rest stop in Bo Peep Car Park by 3.30pm, and complete the course by 5.30pm.
  • 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 to a rest stop later than the times listed above, they can choose to voluntarily drop out from the trek or can be driven to the next rest stop or the finish line (there may be a short wait if the vehicle is being used for any emergency).
  • All vehicles must depart Firle Estate by 7pm.

Can any dog participate?

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 vet 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.

VOLUNTEERING

We are looking for amazing volunteers to help out at the Muddy Dog Trek! You’ll have a day of fun, support Battersea, and make lots of new two and four-legged friends at the same time. There are roles available at the event village in Firle as well as at the rest points along the course.

Email muddydogtrek@battersea.org.uk for more information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Muddy Dog Trek T&Cs

General

  1. All participants and spectators must abide by these rules and any instructions or regulations displayed or given on the day of the event by Police and officials.
  2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 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.
  9. 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.
  10. We ask that every participant raises a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, which will go towards the running of Battersea. 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.

Entry rules for Muddy Dog Trek

  1. All participants must be aged 18 or above on event day.
  2. We ask that every participant raises a minimum of £100 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.
  3. You can:

    • 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.
  4. All participants have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship money/donations received for the Muddy Dog Trek are paid to Battersea. Please ensure that all sponsorship forms are completed in full and returned to us to enable us to claim Gift Aid where possible.
  5. All participants must abide by any rules, instructions and regulations displayed or given on the day of the event by police, Battersea staff and officials.
  6. Unfortunately, the course is not suitable for mobility scooters or wheelchairs.
  7. For safety reasons, participants arriving late must abide by the instructions and decisions of the Event Manager, or their representative, at the information marquee.
  8. We reserve the right to reduce or alter the event course to accommodate any unexpected complications on the day that may have an impact on Battersea staff, participants, volunteers, spectators and/or dogs.
  9. Participants must select from two distances when they register, either 10km or 20km.

On the day

  1. For health and safety reasons participants must complete the 10km and 20km trek within 8.5 hours. Participants doing the 10km trek must reach the half way rest stop at Bo Peep car park by 13.00. Participants doing the 20km trek must reach the first rest stop in Alciston by 11.30, the lunch stop in Alfriston by 13.00 and the last rest stop in Bo Peep carpark by 15.30. 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 to a rest stop later than the time listed above, they will be driven to the next rest stop or the finish line.
  2. 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.
  3. Battersea asks that all participants along with their supporters refrain from smoking at the events.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Participants consent to their details (which will be obtained by medical providers if participants are treated by them at an event) being passed to Battersea. Battersea shall only use these details for administration and health and safety purposes and to fulfil its legal obligations, including those under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. All medical details will be securely held by Battersea. The information will be handled in accordance with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  7. 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.
  8. All participants must abide by the countryside code.

Entry rules for dogs

  1. 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 20K distance but may be able to complete the 10K 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.
  2. All dogs taking part must be aged 1 or over on event day.
  3. Participants must pick up after their dog - please bring poo bags with you on the day.
  4. 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.
  5. Participants must be in control of their dog at all times.
  6. One dog only per participant.
  7. 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.
  8. We advise that dogs eat a light morning meal at least an hour before the trek starts.
  9. 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.
  10. Participants will be required to lift their dogs over stiles that appear along both routes if their dog is not about to get around, fit under, or jump over themselves.

ADVICE

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