A THOUSAND women got down and dirty as they triumphed over a tough assault course.
Sunderland hosted the first ever Race for Life Pretty Muddy event in aid of Cancer Research UK, and those taking part raised a staggering £50,000 towards the fight against the disease.
The women-only event, held at Herrington Country Park yesterday, saw competitors of all ages cover 5km and tackle nine challenges
Runners had to overcome obstacles including straw bales, scramble nets, mud hurdles and climbing nets, before racing to the finish where a giant inflatable mud slide was waiting for them. Wearside’s race was the first of four Pretty Muddy events taking place across the country, and organiser Jayne Glasgow said they are hoping to make it an annual activity.
She said: “It was an absolutely fantastic morning. The women were all having fun and the atmosphere was amazing.”
Jayne said for the event to raise such a huge amount of money was a brilliant achievement.
Sisters Abigail and Emily Bowman, of High Barnes, were among those who took part in the race and said they would definitely do it again.
Teacher Abigail, 23, said: “I loved it, it was so much more fun than just doing a 5k run. It was really good and raising money for such a good cause.”
Emily, 21, who is a student, said: “It was great. Having the obstacles made you go faster because you wanted to see what was coming next.”
A team of four schoolfriends from Chester-le-Street, Dirty and Under 30, took part in the race to mark the fact they will all be celebrating their 30th birthdays this year.
Holly Birch, Amy Blackmore, Laura Tyson and Natalie Richardson, who were all pupils at The Hermitage school, said they were delighted to be taking part.
Holly, who now lives in Newcastle, said: “It was a challenge and nice to think we could do something to raise money for Cancer Research.”
Council worker, Wendy Coghlan, 37, of Town End Farm, said, everyone knows someone affected by cancer, so she wanted to do something to help.
She said: “I couldn’t wait to take part, I was really looking forward to it. It’s a lot more fun than doing a normal race.”
Other Pretty Muddy races will be taking place in London, Essex and Nottingham over the coming weeks.