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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is on the lookout for a Linford Collie, a Great Dane Kelly Holmes or even a Usain Malt-ese to tackle a unique, muddy challenge in the name of charity.

Muddy Dog Challenge 2017, supported by LV=, is the UK’s first obstacle course where runners can take part with their furry friends whilst raising vital funds for rescue dogs.

The events, which take place in Nottingham (6 May), Windsor (20 May), Essex (10 June) and Kent (30 September), allow participants to take on a 2.5km or 5km course, either alone or alongside their keen canines.

The challenge, now in its third year, will feature 17 different mud-drenched obstacles for runners and their four-legged-friends to crawl, jump, climb, slide and wade through.

Dogs will love running through the brightly coloured Doggy Ball Pit, their owners will have their ‘fetching’ skills tested in the ‘Gone Fishing’ challenge, and it will be a race to see whether two legs or four legs are better on the Muddy Tunnels. These are just three of the six brand new obstacles for 2017 which are sure to test the strength of the human-canine bond.

Emma Lovesey, Challenge & Public Events Manager at Battersea, said: “The Muddy Dog Challenge is an event like no other. Where else can you experience a fun, muddy obstacle course alongside your canine companion?

“The challenges are suitable for all runners from experienced racers to eager beginners – and everyone in between.

“We have three brand new locations this year and have already had over 2,000 people sign up to take part.

“So, if you think you’re the bravest, muddiest and most determined dog-lover in the land, prove it by signing up to your nearest Muddy Dog Challenge.

“Places in the events are filling up very fast. For more information or to sign up visit the website.

The Home cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time and in 2016 rehomed animals all over the UK from Plymouth to Glasgow.

Human competitors must be aged 18 years or over and dog competitors one year or older. Runners, who can compete with or without a dog, are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Entry fees apply.

For more information about Muddy Dog Challenge 2017, click this link.