A POPULAR charity obstacle run raising money for a vital North-East charity will move to an exciting new venue this year.

Butterwick Hospice event organisers have announced that the charity’s annual 10k Obstacle Run will relocate to Dirty Dog Airsoft, in Shildon.

Organiser Helen Kirby said: “The Obstacle Course is a fantastic event, but it should present a challenge for runners to overcome – it’s no fun if it’s too easy!

“Dirty Dog Airsoft is the perfect venue to test our runners. The site has rough tracks, woodlands, a village built out of shipping containers, fields, hills, water, and lots of mud – everything we need to create a fantastic obstacle course!

“Runners will also have to tackle tyre walls, scramble over hay bales, and they’ll be confronted with a few things we’re keeping as surprise. Rest assured, there will be plenty to challenge you throughout the gauntlet!”

More than 700 runners took part in last year's event

The 10k Obstacle Run will be held on Saturday, March 21. More than 700 people took part last year, raising £15,500 to care for terminally ill people and their families. Organisers hope the new venue will attract a record number of runners and raise even more this year.

Andrew Maguire, who owns Dirty Dog Airsoft with his wife Julie, said: “The Butterwick is a fantastic thing to have in our community. They support my mum, they cared for Julie’s dad, and we know a lot of families they’ve helped.

“We all need the Hospice to be there, and we’re proud to give them the venue for free. We just hope we can help them to raise as much money as possible.”

Helen added: “We’re so grateful to Andrew and Julie for everything they’ve done for Butterwick. We look forward to a hosting great event with them.”

Entry costs just £10 per person and is open to everyone. To sign-up, visit www.butterwick.org.uk/events/10kobstaclecourse/.