Great causes will inspire runners around Rat Race at Burghley House

Rat Race at Burghley House, Stamford.'Photo: MSMP110513-016ow ENGEMN00120131205092857
Rat Race at Burghley House, Stamford.'Photo: MSMP110513-016ow ENGEMN00120131205092857
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Runners are training hard as they prepare to take on 200 obstacles over a gruelling 20-mile course in aid of good causes.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend at Burghley House on May 10.

With just over a week to go, those running either the 13 or 20-mile courses are putting in their final training runs ahead of the big day.

Among those taking part is Gareth Jones, a leader with the 2nd Stamford (Town) Scouts.He hopes to complete the full 20 miles to raise enough money to buy new camping equipment.

The 33-year-old engineer, who lives in Wittering, admits he hasn’t done any running since school but is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “Scouting gives so much to children and the adults who help. It offers new experiences and skills for life.

“Some of our equipment is getting worn out and we would like to replace it to be able to take the beavers, cubs and scouts on more trips. I want to make sure money doesn’t hold us back on the activities we can do.”

To sponsor Gareth text STAM02 £ and your donation amount to 70070.

Paul Scholes, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, is competing for the second time to raise money for the Histiocytosis Research Trust.

He completed the course in 4hrs 38mins last year and raised £1,630 for the charity in memory of his two-year-old son Oliver who died of the rare blood disorder haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in June 2012.

Paul, 30, said: “I’m looking forward to taking part again to support the charity and keep Oliver’s spirit alive.”

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And Mercury reporter Alex Moore, 26, from Stamford, will take on the full course in aid of SUDEP Action. Alex’s girlfriend Katie Bird, 26, who will run the 13-mile course for the same charity, lost her close friend Kathryn to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy aged 18.

Alex, who ran the 13-mile course last year, said: “The cause is close to my heart and even closer to Katie’s so we want to raise as much as we possibly can.”

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