HUNDREDS of dog owners travelled to the Great Park to take part in a racing challenge.

Over, 1,400 people travelled to Windsor at the weekend to take part in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Muddy Dog Challenge.

Dog owners ran with their canine friends around a 2.5k and 5k course, where they clambered through cool water obstacles in the warm weather to raise money for the animal rescue charity.

Alongside the challenge, participants got involved in competitions for Berkshire’s ‘finest female’ and most ‘dashing dog.’ The double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover MBE, and her husband, wildlife presenter Steve Backshall, were given the difficult task of crowning the best dog at the event.

In total, the participants raised over £177,000 for Battersea.

Battersea’s Senior Challenge and Public Events Manager, Emma Lovesey, said: “Battersea do Muddy Dog Challenge events across the country, but this one always has a special place in our hearts – as it’s located so close to our Old Windsor centre.

“It was a brilliant two days, where dogs and their human companions with inspirational stories enjoyed the opportunity to get dirty.

“Local Berkshire residents and those from much further afield helped the charity raise an incredible amount of money to help Battersea care for over 7,000 dogs and cats every year.”

Due to the extremely hot weather on Sunday, Battersea chose to shut the course early. Participants who were unable to take part have been offered places at other events.

There are still places available at the Peterborough, Cardiff, and Tunbridge Wells Muddy Dog Challenges.

To sign up, visit