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Stansted's Muddy Dog Challenge: £77,000 raised for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home as 500 humans and their canine companions take part in Elms Farm event



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It was muddy mayhem as around 500 dog owners and their canine companions took on the annual Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge at Elms Farm in Stansted.

From tiny terriers to large Labradors, almost every shape and size of dog took part in the event on Saturday (June 11), which raised a whopping £76,991 for the London-based animal rescue centre, which cares for dogs and cats.

Participants could choose between a 2.5k (1.55-mile) or 5k (3.1-mile) obstacle course that included a ball pit, water splash, tyre challenge, hound hurdles, muddy ditches and wide stretches of grassland.

Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261404)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261404)

Battersea runs Muddy Dog Challenges across the country to help support its work in caring for thousands of animals.

Friends, family and volunteers clapped participants across the finish line, where they were handed a well-earned Muddy Dog Challenge medal and a rosette for their dogs.

Tackling the obstacles on the day was Eddie, an 11-year-old Jack Russell, whose adventurous nature led owners Sam and Stuart Douglas to sign up. Thrill-seeking Eddie has previously scaled Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon, and taken part in a marathon.

Stuart and Sam Douglas took part with their dog Eddie, an experienced thrill-seeker (57282134)
Stuart and Sam Douglas took part with their dog Eddie, an experienced thrill-seeker (57282134)

Said Sam: "Eddie enjoyed every second of it out there. I’m not the biggest fan of water and mud, but I did it for Eddie because he loves a new challenge and couldn’t get enough of the ball pit splash."

Battersea’s senior challenge events officer, Jasmine Monk, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came and took part in the Muddy Dog Challenge with us in Stansted. We're so grateful to each and every single person and dog who came along."

Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261372)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261372)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261375)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261375)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261429)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261429)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261427)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261427)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261426)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261426)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261424)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261424)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261421)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261421)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261420)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261420)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261419)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261419)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261416)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261416)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261415)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261415)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261412)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261412)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261409)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261409)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261408)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261408)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261406)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261406)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261405)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261405)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261395)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261395)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261392)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261392)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261391)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261391)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261389)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261389)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261388)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261388)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261386)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261386)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261385)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261385)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261384)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261384)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261383)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261383)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261381)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261381)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261379)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261379)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261377)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261377)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261376)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261376)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261374)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261374)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261373)
Elms Farm, Stansted – Muddy Dog Challenge for Battersea dogs home, fundraising obstacle course. Pic: Vikki Lince (57261373)

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