Pair are ‘broken’ by double Race Race effort

Action from the Rat Race adventure sports  event at Burghley House EMN-141005-153340009
Action from the Rat Race adventure sports event at Burghley House EMN-141005-153340009
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More than 6,000 people battled up to 200 obstacles as part of a brutal assault course - but for two participants that just wasn’t enough.

Bernard Smith and David Kay went one step further than most at the Rat Race Dirty Weekend on Saturday - and did the gruelling 20-mile course twice!

The pair, who are former Bourne Grammar School students, took part last year and had the “stupid idea” to do it twice next time.

And they lived up to their word. On Saturday, they joined the first wave of competitors taking part in the event at Burghley House at 8am.

They both finished in just under four hours - ready to start again in the last wave at midday.

They were the last across the finish line at about 7.30pm and even had enough energy to enjoy a few well-deserved beers at the music festival afterwards.

But Bernard, 25, of Witham-on-the-Hill, admitted to feeling “broken” the following day.

He said: “On the first lap all I was thinking about was finishing in time to start the next lap.

“Lots of the marshalls knew we were doing it twice so the support we got was unbelievable.

“At the end of it, I felt absolutely broken but on top of the world.”

David, 25, of Carlby, raised nearly £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

David said: “Both Bernard and myself somehow managed to complete two laps of the Rat Race and are now completely ruined!

“We weren’t sure we’d be starting let alone finish up until about a week ago because I had an injury but I’m pleased we did it.”

Asked if next year’s plan was to do the Rat Race three times, Bernard said it would be “virtually impossible to do”.

It was the second time the event has been run and among the 200 obstacles on the 20-mile course are 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 race was won by Jonathan Albon in a time of 2:34:12.

Local reporter Alex Moore was among the participants. He took on the 20-mile course, in aid of Sudep (Sudden death in epilepsy)

A team of Sophie Allport employees, who are based at Langtoft, finished the 13-mile half mucker race and raised more than £700 for Dreams Come True, a charity which organises dream experiences for seriously ill children.