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Bairns and big kids are being invited to take the plunge and take part in a unique, fun and muddy challenge in the summer holidays to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR).

Challenge Northumberland have teamed up with Broomley Grange in Northumberland to set up Clarty Bairns – the first and only muddy obstacle course for all the family.

Like the tough mudder, but with less emphasis on tough and more on family fun, the event aims to help families to have fun whilst getting active. Anyone from the age of six to 106, is being invited to make a team and sign up to tackle the obstacle course challenges together with their family and friends.

Neville Duncan, CEO Challenge Northumberland, said: “Challenge Northumberland and the Clarty Bairns activity are proud to be partnering North of England Children’s Cancer Research and would encourage those interested in raising money through this event to get in touch with this great charity.

“The goal is to provide a foundation for families to get healthier and stronger, build confidence, create happy memories and stronger family relationships that last a lifetime.

“The course involves climbing, crawling, scrambling, getting wet and, of course, getting very muddy! If you want to have fun, get your heart pumping and (for the grown-ups) your waistline shrinking, you’ll find our obstacle course will fit the bill perfectly! It’s challenging, but quite achievable. It’s not a race. The emphasis is on finishing rather than speed, so you don’t need to be a super competitive gym junkie to take part.”

Clarty Bairns runs until Sunday 7 August 2016. Waves start each day at 10am, then every 20 minutes until the last wave at 2pm. You will be offered a choice of start times as part of the registration process and everyone who completes the course will get a special Clarty Bairns souvenir.

NECCR vice chairman Jim Richardson said: “We are very proud to be the 2016 Charity Partner for Clarty Bairns. This is such a wonderful, fun event and it’s great to see families working together to take on the challenge. The money they raise will fund vital research here in the North to help save the lives of children and young people in years to come.

“With its 22 acres of private grounds in the stunning Northumberland countryside near to Hadrian’s Wall and Kielder Water, Broomley Grange is the ideal setting for the Clarty Bairns event!”

Over the past 35 years, the NECCR has raised over £30 million and has helped to establish the North East as world-leaders in childhood cancer research.

While research over the past three decades has dramatically reduced the number of deaths from childhood cancer, it is still the biggest killer of children in the UK after road traffic accidents. Each year around 120 children and young people are newly diagnosed with cancer in the North East.

North of England Children’s Cancer Research is a Newcastle based children’s charity, founded by families effected by childhood cancer. The charity has raised over £30 million for research into better treatments for children’s cancer.

To find out more or to make a donation, please call 07808 349570 or email

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