Muddy Dog FAQ

 
 

General

The Muddy Dog Challenge is the UK’s first 2.5km and 5km obstacle course where humans can run with their dogs. Participants will face all kinds of wet and muddy obstacles including the Doggy Ball Pit, Canine Crawl, and Muddy Mayhem. Within the event village you’ll find music, and a range of food and drink. The event is fun and light-hearted and celebrates that irreplaceable bond between humans and their four-legged friends.

VenueWhen
Exeter
Powderham Castle, South Town, EX6 8JG
13 April 2019
Windsor
Windsor Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2BD
11 and 12 May 2019
Cheltenham
Stowell Park, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 3LL
1 June 2019
Nottingham
Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
29 June 2019
Manchester
Ashley Hall, Ashley Mill Lane, Altrincham, WA14 3PY
14 and 15 September 2019
Tunbridge Wells
Eridge Park, Sham Farm Road, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JD
21 September 2019
Newcastle
Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 5EJ
5 October 2019
Leeds
Harewood House, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9LQ
19 October 2019

Children aged 8–15 are able to take part in all 2019 events alongside an accompanying adult aged 18 or above. All other participants must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event. Dogs must be 1 year or over. Please note, the accompanying adult is required to be responsible for the dog, and hold the dogs lead.

We won't be adding any more venues to our 2019 series. However, we are always looking to grow so please do email muddydog@battersea.org.uk with your suggestions.

Please email muddydog@battersea.org.uk or call 020 7627 7883.

Registration

Choose your venue and then select the ‘Sign up now’ button. You will be taken to Eventbrite where you can choose to enter as an individual or create a group/team. Then select a ticket type out of the below options:
Adult and dog (only one dog per human)
Adult only
Adult, dog and child
Adult and child.

If you would like to enter as an adult with no dog and two children, please select the 'Adult and child' registration category and then email muddydog@battersea.org.uk so we can add a further child to your registration. A single child registration costs £5. Please note, an adult cannot be responsible for a dog as well as two children.

Yes, all participants will be required to pay a non-refundable registration fee, regardless of whether they are registering as a team.

The registration fee goes towards the cost of putting on the event including venue hire, obstacle design, build, and set-up, first aid and vet cover, and marketing. You will also receive a t-shirt and medal, and bandana and rosette for your dog on the day.

We ask that every adult human participant raises a minimum of £100 in sponsorship so that we can ensure as much money as possible goes towards helping our dogs and cats. You will be given up to one month after the event to complete your fundraising, so you do not need to have raised the full amount by event day. We will be providing you with lots of fundraising advice in the lead up to the event and our dedicated team will be on-hand to support you with your fundraising. If, after one month, you are still unable to reach your target, you will not be liable to make up the shortfall, but we will encourage you to continue to fundraise if possible.

Yes, we ask that every participant raises £100 to help support Battersea.

Under 16 participants do not have a fundraising target, however we encourage their accompanying adult to try to raise a bit more if they can.

We may be able to change your start time, but this is dependent on the number and breed of dogs in the wave you would like to change to. We cannot guarantee you will be able to move to a particular wave, but we will try our best to accommodate any change requests we receive.

Please email the Muddy Dog Challenge Team at muddydog@battersea.org.uk with the details of your registration and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

You can have a maximum or 10 people per team.

The easiest way to do this is for the team captain (whoever set up the team) to log into their Eventbrite account and send a notification to invite a new team member. An email will be sent with a link that will take you to a linked-up team registration page.

On the day

You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to take part, but you’ll need to be relatively fit, particularly if you’re taking on the 5km course. We provide you with training tips and advice to help you reach the finish line.

This is an outdoor challenge event, please make sure you come prepared for all weather conditions. We recommend you wear lightweight tights or waterproof comfortable trousers and comfortable trainers. Please ensure your trainers are done up tightly to avoid losing them in the mud.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to the event. If it is going to be hot please ensure you wear a hat, sun cream and appropriate clothing. It is important that you keep yourself and your dog hydrated throughout the day and keep to shaded areas where possible. If it is a hot day we will consider shortening the course and if it gets extremely hot we may consider closing the course. Please check the Muddy Dog Facebook page for updates in the lead up to event days.

There will be no timing chips at the event, so please take note of the time you set off and finish.

There will be a rinsing station on the day with hoses you can use to rinse yourself and your dog after the event.

Each event opens at 10:00am, with waves going off every 10 minutes from 10:30am. All participants will select a preferred time slot when they register online, and your final start time will be sent out to you via email a couple of weeks prior to the event. If you don't receive an email with your start time confirmation, please email muddydog@battersea.org.uk and we will let you know when to arrive. Please arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to your final start time.

In the event village you will find the start and finish areas, information tent, valuables drop, toilets, changing areas, first aid, vet cover, food and drink stalls, paddling pools and drinking water for dogs, and a rinse station.

Bring adequate cash to the event for parking and what you need on the day for food/drink as there will not be anywhere on-site to withdraw money.

Blue Pig Photos will be at the photo podium near the finish line. Photos will be available for purchase on the day or from their website after the event. When you visit the podium you will be given a card with a reference number which you can use to search their website.

Any photos taken around the course are for marketing purposes only and will therefore not be available to view or purchase.

Yes, they can, but please ask them not to bring along any dogs that aren’t taking part. It is free to come and spectate and spectators will be able to walk between obstacles out on the course.

Yes, you can - however, please be aware that you will be getting wet and muddy and you may need to crawl under obstacles, etc. Your Go-Pro may need to be taken off or folded flat in these situations.

Please email muddydog@battersea.org.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.

 
 

Dogs

It’s fine for dogs to take part with a muzzle.

No, only one dog is allowed per adult participant.

All the obstacles are designed so that if a person or dog doesn’t want to take them on, they can walk around and move onto the next one. If you are concerned about your dog’s health or ability to take part in the event, we recommend you seek advice from your vet.

Due to the high number of dogs taking part in the Muddy Dog Challenge, all dogs participating in the event need to be sociable around other dogs. If we feel that your dog is becoming reactive or stressed on the day, you may be asked to leave the event by a member of the Battersea Team.

Yes, this is fine. You take part in the event at your and your dog’s own risk.

We would urge you to seek advice from your vet as to whether you can take part. If your vet is happy for you and your dog to take part, that is fine with us - however, please just be conscious of other dogs at the event, particularly in the event village, and the obstacles.

 
 

Volunteers

Thank you so much for offering your services as a volunteer. Please visit the Volunteer section of the website and select the ‘Become a volunteer’ button. You will then be taken to the volunteer registration form.

No, please do not bring your dog with you if you are volunteering on the day. You will not be able to volunteer with your dog.

Your shift will be the whole day, starting at 8.30am and finishing between 2pm and 5pm.

You will be allocated a role on the day and this may be anything from manning an obstacle or helping on the information desk, to checking in baggage or manning a water stop.

Please be aware that you will likely be on your feet for the entirety of your shift. We do try and provide seating in all parts of the course and event village, but it may not be possible to stay seated during the day depending on your role.

If you have any concerns about your suitability to volunteer, please contact the Muddy Dog Team at muddydogvolunteer@battersea.org.uk.

Yes, you will be given a Muddy Dog t-shirt on the day and we ask that you wear it for the duration of your shift, so you can be easily identified as a member of the team.

Yes, you will be able to claim up to £10 for your travel per day of volunteering. You will be provided with snacks on the day but not a full lunch. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover your lunch expenses.

 
 

Alabama Rot

 

Although cases of Alabama Rot in the UK are rare, this disease can have serious or fatal consequences for dogs, so Battersea would encourage all dog owners to take care to look out for the early symptoms in their own pets. The first symptoms of Alabama Rot are skin lesions, ulcers, or sores that appear on the legs, body, mouth or tongue and the dog will often lick at the sores. Although an environmental cause for this disease is considered possible, e.g. mud, it has not been proven with testing to date.

As little is yet known about the cause, it is difficult to give specific advice about prevention. However, dog owners are advised to consider washing their dog if they become wet or muddy on a walk and to regularly check their dog over for any lumps or bumps. If an owner finds any unexplained skin lesions, ulcers, or sores, not caused by any known injury, we would encourage them to seek advice from their own vet immediately. It’s far better to be safe than sorry.

We’re consulting with the UK’s leading specialists on the disease, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, to ensure we have as much information about the disease as possible. The risk to dogs taking part in Muddy Dog Challenge is considered very low, and although an environmental cause for this disease is considered possible, e.g. mud, it has not been proven with testing to date. If you have any concerns about taking part, please seek advice from your vet.

Further details about the disease can be found at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists’ website. We recommend that you seek advice from your vet if you have questions or concerns.

There is no age, sex, or breed predisposition. No medical problems have been proven to predispose the disease.

There is no evidence to suggest Alabama Rot affects humans or any other animals.