On your barks – and they’re ‘ruff’!
A team of dog lovers will be donning their running shoes to take part in a 24-hour relay race to raise money for the four-legged residents of Dogs Trust Leeds - who are all hoping they will cross the finish line into a new home of their own soon.
The five friends, who all work at Dogs Trust Leeds, are taking part in Endure 24 this weekend (30 June & 1 July) and are hoping to raise at least £500 to help care for the hundreds of dogs that walk through the doors at the York Road rehoming centre every year.
One of the runners, Canine Carer and Trainer Kat Wimbles says:
“Although we have each taken part in races before, we have never done anything like this so we are really excited and a little bit nervous!
“We are used to putting the dogs through their paces to help them reach their potential, and now it’s our turn! When we do training with them they get lots of lovely rewards. The only reward we’re interested in is making sure we keep going and hopefully reach our fundraising target!
Taking place at Bramham Park, around 1,500 runners are expected to take part in the day-long race which starts at midday on Saturday and involves running a five-mile woodland trail loop in the park and through the camping and event race village.
One of the dogs who the team will be thinking about whilst they are pounding the pathways is four-year-old Crossbreed Cherry.
Kat, from Selby, says:
“Cherry is a really sweet girl who has been with us for more than two years and we’re running for dogs like her and all our dogs to make sure they have everything they need, from toys to training treats, whilst they are with us, however long that is.
“On average it costs more than £40 each day to care for every dog we look after so although the race is a bit daunting I know that if we feel like giving up at any point we’ll just think of our dogs and that will keep us going! The money we raise will help us care for the dogs until it is time to pass the baton to new owners.”
Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Leeds Manager, says:
“I think what they are doing for our gorgeous dogs is amazing. I know they have been doing lots of training individually and as a team after work so I’m sure they are ready for the challenge!
“We’ll be looking forward to hearing all about it and I’m sure there will be lots of excited wagging tails ready to welcome them back after such a tremendous effort.”
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To find out more about Cherry and all the dogs waiting to find their forever homes at Dogs Trust Leeds please call 0300 303 0292.