Runners are ready to get dirty at gruelling 20-mile obstacle course

Action from last year's Rat Race.
Action from last year's Rat Race.
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The grounds of Burghley House will be filled tomorrow with a sea of charity fundraisers taking on an epic assault course.

The second annual Rat Race Dirty Weekend will take place and will see waves of runners setting off from 8am on either a 13-mile or a 20-mile course. It is billed as the world’s largest assault course and includes the longest set of monkey bars among the 200 obstacles. The event also includes a festival.

Among those taking part will be a team of 10 from Zeezo Europe, based off the A1 at Woolfox, who will be taking part with the aim of raising funds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal. The aim of the appeal is to raise £6m to build a new state-of-the-art hospice.

A team from Casterton Business and Enterprise College will be running for The Laura Centre, which offers specialist beareavement counselling to parents and children. To support the team visit

Natalie Roberson is training hard for the event. Natalie, from Cottesmore, is taking part for Headway Leicester as her mum suffered a brain injury 
and was supported by the charity.

Natalie said: “I want to raise money for this incredibly important charity so they will be able to continue to help people with all types of brain injury.”

To find out more or make a donation visit

Former Royal Navy Steward and blind veteran, Thomas Boal, will tackle the course for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind ex-Service men and women. The charity has supported him with his sight loss.

To sponsor Tom go to

A team of Sophie Allport employees, who are based at Langtoft, will be running for Dreams Come True, which helps organise dream experiences for seriously ill children.

And a team of enthusiasts from Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham will also be taking on the unusual challenge.

A team of 11 people will also be running to raise money for the physiotherapy Tyler Maxwell requires. The youngster who lives in Maxey with his mum Karen had an operation in 2011 as he suffers from cerebral palsy but still needs intense care. To support the team or find out more www.tylermaxwell.

Also among the 6,000 participants are Gareth Jones, running for 2nd Stamford (Town) Scouts, Alex Moore and Katie Bird raising money for Sudep Action, and Paul Scholes running for the Histiocytosis Research Trust.