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TheMuddy Dog Challenge is back

The Muddy Dog Challenge is back in the New Forest for more mud, sweat and cheers helping to raise money for the dogs and cats at Battersea.

Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is an obstacle course you can tackle with your dog by your side. The aim of the challenge is simply to have fun while raising money for Battersea. Participants can choose from a distance of 2.5km and 5km – both courses are equally fun (and muddy). Pet lovers will be faced with a variety of wacky obstacles to jump under, over or through, including wading through the mud in the Canine Crawl, weaving through the Mutt Mazes, and not to forget the opportunity to unleash your inner child crawling through the Ball Pit Tunnels.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part – they can run or walk the course with or without a dog, bring the whole family along, join up with your friends and their canine companions as part of a team, or take on the challenge solo. The best part? Participants can train as much or as little as they’d like, it’s all about having fun!

Each participant is encouraged to raise a target of £100 for Battersea so the charity can continue to be there for dogs and cats everywhere. For ideas and inspiration, the Battersea website has plenty of fundraising tips. Once registered, participants will receive a Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt and dog bandana to take part in on the day, as well as a well-earned medal and rosette for making it across the finish line.

Event details: Muddy Dog Challenge New Forest Date: Saturday 22 April 2023 Location: Breamore House, Hampshire, SP6 2DF Cost: £37 - £47* (£5 per child) * £10 off adult prices with early bird offer

Jasmine Monk, Senior Challenge Events Officer at Battersea, said: “We are so excited to be back in the New Forest for the Muddy Dog Challenge and we can’t wait to see everyone getting muddy and tackling our obstacle course with their canine companions by their side.

“Battersea continues to go above and beyond for every dog and cat – caring for animals in our centres and supporting other rescue and rehoming organisations across the UK and beyond to help more animals. Every penny raised by our wonderful supporters will help us continue our mission to be here for dogs and cats everywhere.

“Registrations are now open and we are currently running an early bird offer for £10 off adult tickets so please sign up as soon as possible, as the offer won’t be around for long. We look forward to seeing everyone having fun in the mud again!”

Registration for places closes on 2 April 2023. If taking part isn’t your thing, Battersea is always looking for volunteers for the event and would welcome any support you can offer.

For more details and to register for the Muddy Dog Challenge as a participant or volunteer, please visit

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