Caked in mud and not caring, hundreds of women conquered the first ever North East Pretty Muddy challenge to fight cancer.
The event had its debut at the weekend with the region selected to stage the first event of its kind organised by Race for Life to fund cancer research.
Toppling over obstacles and hurling themselves down mud slides 1,200 contenders took on the 5k non-competitive obstacle course round Herrington County Park in Sunderland yesterday.
Following the success of Pretty Muddy the challenge, open to women and girls aged over 13 of all fitness levels, will now be rolled out across the country.
Claire Wase, Cancer Research UK’s North East events manager, said: “We’re so excited to launch Race for Life Pretty Muddy in the North East.
“We chose the North East as our first venue because we believe our local supporters will love this new challenge.
“Just like Race for Life, it’s not about being fit or fast. 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.”