Muddy Nora! Sunderland girls urged to get down and dirty

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Pretty Muddy campaign.

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Pretty Muddy campaign.

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SUNDERLAND has been chosen as a venue to launch a new weapon in the fight against cancer – mud.

Cancer Research UK is putting a new spin on its usual fund-raising events, and its national launch of Race for Life Pretty Muddy will take place in Herrington Country Park.

The first event, held at the park on September 8, is a women-only, non-competitive 5km obstacle course – with mud.

The charity’s events manager Claire Wase said: “We’re holding this exhilarating new event for the first time in the UK, and we’ve chosen Sunderland as our first venue because we believe our supporters will love this new challenge. Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of Race for Life but with added obstacles and, of course, mud.”

The event is open to women and girls over 13, of all fitness levels.

“Just like Race for Life, it’s not about being fit or fast,” Claire said. “It’s about showing cancer how tough Race for Life women are. Women can do the event at their own pace and climb, jump, walk and laugh their way around the course.

“It’s about women of all shapes and sizes tackling obstacles together, united in their absolute determination to beat cancer.”

It is hoped that about 1,000 participants will take part with a fund-raising target of £38,000.

Visit www.prettymuddy.org or call 0845 600 6050.