Manchester Muddy Dog challenge raises almost £100k for Battersea

Nearly 700 animal lovers and their dogs came together at Ashley Hall in Altrincham earlier this month to take part in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Muddy Dog Challenge.

The event, which was sponsored by LV= raised almost £100,000 so far, which will go towards the vital care of the animals that come into the charity.

It was the first time that the Muddy Dog Challenge had come to Manchester and the obstacle course was made up of obstacles suitable for both humans and their four-legged friends to crawl, climb, wade and jump through.

Participants included Rebecca Swift who ran with her six-year old Mongrel Bella and raised over £200 for the charity. The challenge was made all the more extraordinary because Bella only has three legs.

Rebecca said: “Bella was so fast on her three legs, she dragged me round the whole thing. This is our first Muddy Dog Challenge, but we’d definitely do it again.”

Battersea’s Challenge & Public Events Manager, Emma Lovesay, said: “Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge took place in wonderful Altrincham for the first time, where dog lovers helped to raise almost £100,000 for the charity. The money raised will go towards the care of thousands of homeless dogs and cats that come in to Battersea every year.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in the Muddy Dog Challenge, and to all the volunteers too, we’re very grateful for all the support.”

All Muddy Dog Challenge events for 2018 are now closed, but you can check the Battersea website for more information coming soon about next year’s events at