Over 700 participants and their furry companions have taken part in Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge in the beautiful grounds of Hever Castle, Kent.
The family friendly day saw dog lovers and their four-legged friends raise over £99,000 for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home by taking on a 2.5km and 5km obstacle course supported by LV=, that involved running through doggy ball pits, balancing on beams and crawling through muddy tunnels.
The sun shone brightly at beginning of the day and first to cross the finish line after an impressive 35 minutes was Chris Penn and his beloved dog Tess from Surrey. The pair, who took part in the 5km challenge, raised an impressive £300 for Battersea’s homeless dogs and cats.
Chris said: “I’m so relieved to have been the first person to cross the finish line as my nieces and nephews would never have let me live it down! Tess and I have had a fantastic morning raising money for Battersea and we can’t wait to take part in next year’s challenge.”
Another participant who took on the muddy 5km challenge was Hayley Williams and her beautiful pooch Harvey. The Sevenoaks resident, who was part of a team of 6 known as the Farningham Frolickers, was inspired to dress up as her spotty Labrador cross on the day. The team got into the spirit of fundraising by organising cinema events in their local village hall and have raised over £1000 for the Battersea dogs and cats looking for a second chance in life.
Emma Lovesey, Challenge & Public Events Manager at Battersea, said: “Kent residents really got into the spirit of getting muddy and there wasn’t a clean dog or person in sight by the finish line! The Kent Muddy Dog Challenge has raised an enormous amount of money for the homeless dogs and cats at Battersea and we’re so thankful to everyone who came on the day, your support means so much to the charity.”
To register your interest for the Muddy Dog Challenge in 2018, please visit https://www.battersea.org.uk/support-us/challenges/muddy-dog-challenge/muddy-dog-challenge-2018.