Cross country runners enjoyed getting Up, Down & Dirty at a brand new fundraising event in aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice.

More than 100 people took up the challenge of running 5k, 10k or 15k while negotiating a series of obstacles, including clambering over logs and fences and splashing through a water jump.

The event at Treborough, in the Brendon Hills, on Sunday 28 October, was proudly sponsored by Western Power Distribution, with obstacles sponsored by local businesses including Millers Builders, Summerfield Developments and Maitland Walker.

Sergeant John Jackson and Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando were on hand to help out with course marshalling.

Sonia Bateman, events fundraiser at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “Sponsorship events like this are a brilliant way for people to get together and have fun while raising vital funds to help people in their community who are facing a life-limiting illness.

“We were delighted to see everyone enjoying themselves and can’t wait for our second Up, Down & Dirty challenge at Aldon, Yeovil, on Sunday 18 November. For anyone who missed out this time, there is still plenty of time to sign up for the next event – full details can be found on our website.”

Last year St. Margaret’s Hospice supported more than 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses across Somerset. After NHS funding, the charity needs to raise over £9.5m a year to fund its end of life care services for people across Somerset.

For more information or to book your place at the next Up, Down & Dirty event in Aldon on Sunday 18 November, visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/up-down-and-dirty or call 0845 345 9671.