Girls get down and dirty for cancer charity in Sunderland’s Pretty Muddy run

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HUNDREDS of women wallowed in the mud to raise thousands for charity.

The Pretty Muddy event at Herrington Country Park attracted more than 1,800 girls and women who wanted to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK Pretty Muddy Event 2014, Herrington Country Park.

Cancer Research UK Pretty Muddy Event 2014, Herrington Country Park.

Throughout the morning staggered groups threw themselves into the 5k run with a difference - facing a variety of obstacles along the way.

Open to women and girls over 13, Pretty Muddy wasn’t about blood, sweat and tears, it was all about fun and raising cash and those who took part were thrilled to be getting dirty for a good cause.

Among those taking part were The Crazy Warriors from Sunderland, who wanted to raise money in memory of their aunt, Carol Ferry, who lost her battle with cancer just two weeks ago.

The group of five sisters and two of their daughters, also booked the event to mark Andrea Watson’s 40th birthday.

Andrea, from Downhill, said: “I wanted to do something really different for my birthday and thought this would be really good fun, as well as raising money for a good cause.”

Together the women hope to have raised well over £500.

Also wanting to have fun and boost funds were The Three Sister, Dot Butler, 55, from Seaham and her siblings, June Peel, 56 and Orial Slaine, 61, from North Tyneside.

The Sunderland-born trio, were spurred into doing the race because Orial is a breast cancer survivor.

Dot said: “We have done the Race for Life before, but thought we would give the Pretty Muddy a go because it sounded like fun.”

Lee Wyatt, 47, and Ashlea Parsons, 43, both from Ford Estate, took part in the event in memory of Ashlea’s mum, Wendy Parsons, who lost her battle with cancer aged 60.

Lee said: “We do the Race for Life every year, but decided to do this because it just seemed like more fun, and it was great.”

Jeanette Dobbins, 34, from the city’s Havelock Park, was joined by a team of friends, all dressed as belly dancers, to complete the race.

Jeanette, a breast cancer survivor, said: “We had a great time, it was really, really good.”

Claire Wase, event organiser, said she was thrilled with the amount of people who took part and the Pretty Muddy event in Sunderland is expected to generate more than £80,000 for the charity.

She said: “We held four Pretty Muddy events as a trial run last year and they were so successful we are holding 20 across the UK this year.

“It is something fun and different and where those taking part can really have a good laugh and giggle.”