Last Saturday saw over 6,000 runners take part in the largest assault course on earth at Burghley House. Organisers Rat Race Adventure Sports transformed the grounds of the lavish 16th century Elizabethan country estate into a high-energy, challenging, mud-laden 20 mile course.
With 20 themed zones, participants were required to overcome over 200 obstacles, which included two world breaking challenges en route, 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.
The fun continued post-race with runners 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 which was headlined by Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers and BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James.
Jim Mee, Rat Race MD and creator of the Dirty Weekend commented: “This year’s Dirty Weekend was our biggest ever. The event is one of our toughest events as competitors not only have to deal with almost completing a marathon distance, but they have to take on 200 obstacles along the way.”
Jim continued: "Our Dirty Weekend after party has also become legendary, and it was great to see almost all of our participants make a weekend out of it and party the night away to celebrate conquering the course. If you missed out this year, entries for Dirty Weekend 2015 open on 14 May (today).”
The Dirty Weekend is produced by Rat Race, who organise adventures races throughout the UK, catering to 70,000 participants each year. For more information, visit their event website.