We held our inaugural annual charity fundraiser on Sunday and it was a massive muddy success.

Twenty people took part in the Muddy May event battling the 5km with a twist at Nuclear Races, Wild Forest, in Brentwood.

From obstacle to obstacle and through the mud the participants really did get put through their paces to help raise funds for Safer Places, a charity that provides support and safe accommodation to adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.

Lataya Smith, participant in the event, said: “It was a great challenge and so much fun. I'd definitely do that again.”

Janet Dalrymple, Chief Executive, Safer Places, said: “I’d like to thank all the wonderful participants of the first Muddy May Challenge for supporting Safer Places. We really appreciate the effort made on our behalf and of course it is great to see people enjoying themselves in the process.

“We often deal with very harrowing stories from people who have suffered at the hands of others but raising awareness of domestic abuse doesn’t always have to be about the negatives. This is an issue that resonates with people and by supporting us through this fantastic event we are able to have discussions with our friends and families about the need to ensure everyone lives a life free of fear.”