A north Northumberland woman had some filthy fun at her hen-do recently – but not perhaps in the way you might expect.
When many women picture their hen-do, they would probably see a relaxing day at the spa, a night out on the tiles or perhaps a trip to a foreign city.
However, one hen party from Northumberland decided against the L-plates and feather boas, opting for a less traditional and much dirtier affair, at British Military Fitness’ Major Series.
Bride-to-be Katherine Lingard, from Alnwick, alongside her hens, turned the typical hen-do on its head to run the award-winning obstacle course earlier this month.
The hens, aged from 24 to 40, stayed over in Glasgow the night before the event to ensure they got plenty of sleep, before tackling the 5km obstacle course around Cardross Estate in Stirlingshire.
The party took on more than 20 of the Major’s famous obstacles, which included mud crawls, an 8ft-high cargo net and a giant 40metre slide.
Katherine, 26, said: “After months of wedding planning, the hen-do was the last thing I wanted to organise, so I handed it over to my bridesmaids Helena, Rosie and Emily.
“It’s safe to say I wasn’t expecting to be running around a 5km obstacle course on a Saturday morning for my hen-do, but it was such good fun.
“We all wore fancy dress, which made the course even more challenging, especially for the girls in their tiger onesies, which kept getting weighed down by the water and mud.
“One bridesmaid lost a shoe in the first river and had to do the rest of the course barefoot and we all kept sliding around on the mud, but we had such a laugh helping each other around the course.”
After finishing the course, the hens headed to the pub for fish fingers and chips and a well-deserved gin and tonic.
Katherine added: “We were all absolutely soaked and covered in mud, but we were on such a high after finishing the course.
“After the event we went for dinner, drinks and karaoke, so it felt really good to burn off all those calories before indulging for the rest of the day.”