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 All participants and spectators must abide by these rules and any instructions or regulations displayed or given on the day of the event by Police and officials.

 1. Entry fees are non-refundable.

 2. Entries cannot be accepted on the day to help ensure that the event is safe. We have an allocated capacity that the team must adhere to and the contact details for all participants must be held in advance in the case of an emergency.

 3. All participants must write the name and number of a person to contact in case of an emergency (this cannot be someone that is taking part in the event with the participant) and details of anything that should be considered in the event of a medical emergency (such as medication being taken) on the reverse of their official race number, which must be worn on the front of shirts during the event. All adult participants responsible for an under 16 participants are also responsible for ensuring their emergency contact details are completed on the reverse of their official race number (the contact provided cannot be anyone participating in the same Muddy Paws OCR event). In the case of an emergency Gator Events may use the emergency contact details participants provided to us at sign up and/or the emergency contact details on the reverse of their official race number.

 4. Any participant unsure of their accompanied minor’s physical ability to take part in an event should take medical advice from a General Practitioner prior to the event. Pregnant women or those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not take part. Those with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, a heart condition or any other medical condition which may affect their ability to participate in this event should consult their General Practitioner prior to signing up for the challenge. Participants are strongly advised not to participate if they are or have recently been suffering from a cold or fl u symptoms.

 5. All participants and accompanied minors enter Muddy Paws OCR entirely at their own risk. Gator Events shall not be liable for any injury, death, damage or loss howsoever suffered by participants as a result of their participation other than in respect of any injury, death, damage or loss arising as a result of Gator Events negligence.

6. Gator Events takes all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of injury to participants during this event. There is a stringent risk assessment process in place that aims to minimise or eliminate the risk to everyone taking part. However, by taking part in Muddy Paws OCR, all participants acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond Gator Events control that can lead to unforeseen risks. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the Gator Events team before agreeing to take part in the event. Participants taking part with a minor, must take extra care to ensure they are appropriately supervised to mitigate the risk of harm to said minor. Participants must also consider the safety of other minors, and that of other adult participants and their dogs.

Entry rules for Muddy Paws OCR

 1. Child participants between 8-15 years old on the day of the event can participate alongside an accompanying adult aged 18 or above. All other participants must be aged 16 or above on event day.

 2. If you are registering an accompanying child under the age of 16, you represent and warrant that you have parental responsibility for that child and have the legal authority and capacity to enter into this event on his/her behalf and by registering for the event, you agree that the terms of the Waivers which shall apply equally to all of the Registered Parties. Where you have registered or entered on behalf of anyone under the age of 16 or have accompanied anyone under the age of 16 to observe the Event, you also agree to the contents of the rules on behalf of the person under 16.

 3. We ask that every adult participant, (aged 16 or above) donates a large bag of food, cans of dog food or blankets for rescue centres who rely on charitable donations.

 You must:

Bring all donations along on the day of the event and Gator Events will pass on all donations to rescue centres taking part.

4. All participants must abide by any rules, instructions and regulations displayed or given on the day of the event by police, Gator Event staff and officials.

 5. Unfortunately, the course is not suitable for mobility scooters or wheelchairs.

 6. For safety reasons, participants arriving late must abide by the instructions and decisions of the Event Manager, or their representative, at the information marquee.

7. We reserve the right to reduce or alter the event course to accommodate any unexpected complications on the day that may have an impact on Gator Event staff, participants, volunteers, spectators and/or dogs.

 8. Participants’ supporters and family members spectate at the Muddy Paws OCR entirely at their own risk. Gator Events shall not be liable for any injury, death, damage or loss howsoever suffered by spectators.

 9. Participants must select from two distances when they register, either 2.5km or 5km.

11. Start times will vary according to the type of dog entered. Participants will set off in 20-minute waves between 09:30am and approximately 1pm, however the day will be shorter if less people sign up. Final start times will be sent to participants via email approximately two weeks prior to the event.

 On the day

1. Gator Events asks that all participants along with their supporters refrain from smoking at the events.

2. Gator Events asks that all participants along with their supporters do not use or display aggressive or abusive language or behaviour towards our organisers and volunteers.

 3. Participants can take part with a dog, as the course has been specially modified, however they must abide by the Rules for Dogs. There shall be no more than one dog per adult handler at any time on the course. Participants must always be in control of their dog, and the dog must be handled by an adult over 16 at all times.

 4. First aid facilities and veterinary cover will be provided at the event. Participants consent to their details (which will be obtained by medical providers if participants are treated by them at an event) being passed to Gator Events. Gator Events shall only use these details for administration and health and safety purposes and to fulfil its legal obligations, including those under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. All medical details will be securely held by Gator Events. The information will be handled in accordance with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 5. Gator Events reserves the right to remove any person or dog from the course or event should they break the rules or be considered a danger to other participants, volunteers, Gator Events staff, dogs or spectators.

 Entry rules for dogs

 1. Participants must pick up after their dog - please bring poo bags with you on the day.

 2. We strongly recommend that dogs are on a harness rather than a collar and must always be kept on a lead - please do not use a flexi-lead.

 3. Participants must always be in control of their dog  

4. One dog only per participant.

 5. Positive reinforcement, such as reward based encouragement, is advised to get dogs around the course. If a dog is having problems with an obstacle, then we advise the participant to avoid it

. 6. The most important thing is that dogs and humans enjoy the challenge so if a dog becomes anxious or stressed in any way, we reserve the right to remove any dog from the course.

 7. We advise that dogs do not eat their morning meal two hours before the challenge but are given food afterwards.

 8. Owners enter themselves and their dogs at their own risk, therefore, Gator Events are not liable for any injuries or harm sustained as a result of taking part in the Muddy Paws OCR, including those or that caused by natural water and/or mud at the events. We will have first aid on site for humans. We will also have a vet on site for dogs but in the unlikely event of an emergency, you will need to visit either your own local, or a nearby, vets’ practice. Details of a nearby vets will be available at the vet’s marquee on the day. Please always avoid any obstacles you or your dog are uncomfortable with. We reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog or owner we do not deem to meet the specified requirements.


If your dog is deemed fit and healthy in general it can compete in the challenge. Please consider the dogs age, health, ability, and breed before registering. For example, short-nosed breeds may have more difficulty on the course and/or in the heat. Signing up is not recommended if your dog has any medical condition where over exertion is not advised. If in doubt, speak to your veterinarian for advice.

Your dog must be…

  • At least one year old
  • Fit and healthy
  •  Sociable with other dogs and humans
  •  Willing and able to complete the course
  •  Not in season
  • On a lead at all times, preferably with a harness
  • Fully vaccinated to reduce risk of spreading infection
  •  Kept hydrated throughout the challenge
  • Wearing a collar with a clearly identifiable tag