ALMOST one thousand women got muddy to beat cancer over the weekend.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes came together to take part in Cancer Research UK’s brand new Pretty Muddy event at Wrexham’s Alyn Waters Country Park on May 12.

They showed their commitment to the cause as they took on mud pits, hurdles, climbing frames, and a mud slide, amongst other obstacles in a fight to beat cancer sooner.

Kirsti Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s Wrexham Events Manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the women of Wrexham who join the fight at Pretty Muddy.

“The atmosphere on the day was incredible - full of laughter, fun and lots of mud. Pretty Muddy offers a new exciting opportunity for like-minded ladies to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way and we hope to return in 2019.

Along with the Pretty Muddy event, women took part in a Race for Life on the same weekend and Kirsti said they are hoping to raise about £100,000 from both events combined.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but more people are surviving due to Cancer Research.

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and the charity’s work has been at the heart of the progress.

The event’s manager is urging people to donate their sponsor money as quickly as possible to fund the life-saving research.

She added: “Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“Money raised, whether it’s £10 or £100, will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.”