St Luke’s Hospice’s very first Woof Mudder fundraising event was held on Sunday (22nd September) at Blakemere Village in Northwich.
More than 200 dogs and their owners took part in either a 2.5km or 5km obstacle course incorporating lots of mud and a particularly popular water slide.
Events fundraiser for St Luke’s, Mark Gammage said the feedback was amazing.
“From the tiniest of sausage dogs to Great Danes, they all completed the course with leaps and bounds and in many cases dragging their owners around the course through wooded areas and muddy bogs!
“The reaction was fantastic. We had so many people coming up to us at the end thanking us and asking us for the date for the next one, which is already in the planning.”
Mark added: “Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, with their cadets, and Willis Bros provided several tankers and fire engines worth of water to ensure a muddy course.
“Owners even got a full hose down by the fire brigade at the end, which doesn’t happen every day!
“Dogs were treated to a much gentler sponge in the doggy bath and in some cases a fluffy towel dry.”
Participants – two-legged and four – collected overall sponsorship reaching almost £15,000 to support patient care at the hospice.
Humans taking part received Woof Mudder tshirts and medals, while canine competitors earned a highly sought-after Woof Mudder doggie bandana.
St Luke’s Hospice cares for adults living in mid and south Cheshire who are suffering from cancer and other life limiting illnesses.
The hospice also supports family members including children and carers who are affected by the diagnosis both pre and post bereavement.