Cardiff Muddy Dog Challenge raises over £51,000 for Batersea

Last weekend saw over 400 animal lovers and their dogs take part in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Muddy Dog Challenge in Cardiff.

The event took place at Coedarhydyglyn Park in Cardiff and was made up of 17 obstacles suitable for both humans and four-legged friends with an option of a 2.5k or 5k course.

Sponsored by LV=, the fun run raised an incredible £51,000 for the animal charity with more still expected to come in.

Included in the participants was Jo Page, a veterinary nurse who ran the course twice with two different dogs.  Jo ran each of the 5k course with her Cocker Spaniels, mother and daughter due, Isla and Jelli.

As a veterinary nurse, Jo knows only too well the real plight of rescue dogs and firmly believes in taking all dogs out and about doing different things, which is one of the reasons why she decided to take part in Battersea’s challenge.

Other participants included 54-year old Liz Wilson, who had never run before the Muddy Dog Challenge and decided to take part with her three-year old Standard Parti Poodle, Teddy.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Senior Challenge & Public Events Manager, Emma Lovesey, said: “Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge took place in wonderful Cardiff for the first time ever where dog lovers helped to raise an incredible £51,000 for the charity – with more expected to come in.

“We’re very grateful for all the support and can’t thank all of the participants and volunteers enough for creating such a fantastic atmosphere and making it a day of fun and laughter. The money raised will help Battersea continue to care for the 7,000 homeless dogs and cats that come in every year.”

If you fancy taking up the challenge, there are still places available at the Tunbridge Wells, Peterborough and Manchester Muddy Dog Challenges. To sign up, visit