A record-breaking – and capacity – field of 3,000 squirmed and splashed their way to a £70,042 charity total by taking on the challenge of the 6th annual JCB Mud Run. Competitors scrambled over more than 35 obstacles, including monkey bars and water pits, on a specially-created 8km course, doused with one million litres of water, built on land near to JCB HQ, in Rocester, Staffs.

It means that a grand total of £300,000 has been raised for the NSPCC in Staffordshire in six years since the JCB Mud Run started in 2012 – when it attracted a field of 500 entrants. The proceeds of the event supports the work at Carole House in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the NSPCC’s service centre which was set up after JCB and its employees completed a £2 million fundraising campaign.