Around 8,000 enthusiasts gathered for a weekend of pure filth in Lincolnshire on Saturday 9 May. Rat Race Adventure Sports hosted The Dirty Weekend at Burghley House for an event billed as ‘the largest assault course on earth.’
The grounds of the 16th century Elizabethan country estate were transformed into a 20 mile assault course, featuring 20 themed zones and 200 obstacles. Participants also faced world record breaking challenges along the way, namely the world’s longest set of monkey bars and the world’s longest ‘cat crawl.’ Other obstacles included energy sapping inflatables, mud runs, vertical walls and the infamous 'Water Wipe Out' zone.
For the first time, the 2015 event saw the launch of the ‘Dirty Double Ultra’, where those who were brave enough tackled two laps of the course, covering 40 miles and a whopping 400 obstacles. There were also 250 “Young Muckers” aged between 8 and 15 years old who took on a fun sized serving of the world’s biggest obstacle run for the first time.
Participants and supporters were then invited to attend the notorious ‘Dirty Weekend’ after party. This was complete with performances from live bands and DJs under a 5000 capacity big top tent, food courts, a colossal beer tent and a huge music stage, headlined by Britpop band Ash.
Jim Mee, Rat Race MD and creator of the Dirty Weekend said of the event: “This year’s Dirty Weekend was our biggest ever. The event is one of the toughest on our event roster as competitors not only have to deal with running almost a marathon distance, they also have to take on 200 obstacles along the way.
"Our Dirty Weekend after party is as infamous as the obstacle course itself, and is a very fitting way for all runners to celebrate after conquering the course”.
Entries for the 2016 event have now opened.