10:56AM, Wednesday 17 May 2017
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Muddy Dog Challenge returns to Windsor Great Park this weekend and an 86-year-old from Ascot is among those preparing to tackle the course with his pet pooch.
The challenge will see runners take on a 2.5km obstacle course with their furry friends while raising cash for charity.
On Saturday, former marine and ex-cabbie Bill Lockwood will take on the slog with Snoopy, a Dachshund and Shih Tzu cross, and the pair have so far raised more than £500 for Battersea, which has a centre in Old Windsor’s Priest Hill.
Bill has been inspired to take on the muddy mayhem by his daughter Charlotte Fielder, head of volunteering and fostering at Battersea.
Ahead of the challenge, he said: “I’ve had three Battersea dogs over the years who have bought so much joy to my family and friends, so raising money for the home means a lot to me.
“I last volunteered for the Royal Marines in 1948, so at 86 I thought it was about time I volunteered again. Obstacles don’t faze me, I’m just hoping the mud isn’t too cold!”
Registration for Saturday’s event has now closed.
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