HUNDREDS of mud-splattered participants, on-lookers and their furry friends turned out for the Muddy Dog Dash 2024.

The event, which is organised by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, kicked off on March 17 with waves of racers braving the dirt.

The fundraiser raises vital funds for the hospice that supports people with life-limiting conditions.

Bournemouth Echo: Muddy Dog Dash 2024

It was the second event of its kind at Upton Country Park, after a successful launch in 2023.

Runners and walkers took part in the race, with or without a four-legged companion, through either a 2.5km or 5km obstacle course.

Bournemouth Echo: Muddy Dog Dash 2024

Participants were faced with ramps, tyre runs, wiggle poles, with some taking the opportunity to start mud fights mid-race.

Bournemouth Echo: Callum Hall, Robin Tatchell and Pip

Robin Tatchell and Callum Hall took part with their dog, Pip, and said they came out quite unscathed compared to others.

“I find it hard to do things together with our dog that barks a lot, but at events like these people don’t seem to mind.”

Bournemouth Echo: The Buckles family

The Buckles Family said it was their first time doing the race but were keen to come back next year.

Bournemouth Echo: The Compton Clan

Shane from the “Compton clan” said the event was amazing, adding that it was so good they did two laps.

Bournemouth Echo: Chris, Lizzie and Elsie Johnston-Byrnes

Chris, Lizzie and Elsie Johnston-Byrnes came out gloriously muddy whereas their two pooches remained relatively clean.

“They somehow come out muddier on their normal dog walk,” said Chris.

Goodie bags, sponsored by Nurturing by Nature, were handed out to participants at the end of the race, along with rosettes and certificates.

The first 100 partakers received a Muddy Dog Dash t-shirt and all dogs were given a bandana on completion.

Donations can still be made on the Just Giving page titled ‘Muddy Dog Dash 2024’.