Applications open for Pretty Muddy run in Sunderland

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The Pretty Muddy run comes to Sunderland on May 24 at Herrington Country Park.

Not your usual event, Pretty Muddy, sees women in Sunderland take on a 5k muddy obstacle course to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The women-only event for any female over the age of 13 is open to all abilities to walk, jog, run and climb over the many muddy obstacles involved.

The event is staggered into groups in order to not to cause any injuries. If competitors can’t do an obstacle, there are marshals on hand around the course to help, or particularly difficult obstacles can be skipped.

Lianne Hopper took part in the event last September succeeding to complete it faster than she completed the Race for Life in May.

She said: “A group of us raised around £600 altogether, we ran it for my friends sister, who lost her life to cancer.

“I preferred the Pretty Muddy Run to the Race for life as the obstacles broke the running up, but it would have been better with more mud!”

Herrington Country Park has already been host to previous Cancer Research UK events, Race for Life and last year’s Pretty Muddy Run.

Katy Dobinson, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sunderland Live, works in partnership with Cancer Research UK to help put on events like Pretty Muddy in Sunderland.

She said: “Members of the Sunderland Live team have been working with Cancer Research UK for years and always try and get involved with the events on the day. Pretty Muddy was new last year at Herrington Country Park and over 2000 people took part.

“Sunderland Live recognises the massive importance of not only the funds, but also the awareness that is raised by events like these. Cancer Research is a cause that is close to our hearts and we feel it’s important that the city gets to show its support.”

Pretty Muddy starts at 10am. The event normally takes around an hour to complete, but the main objective is to help raise money to beat cancer.

Entry is £14.99 for adults or £10 for 13-15 year olds.

You can sign up online here.

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