Huge Rat Race assault course set to return to Burghley House near Stamford

The world's largest assault course is set to return to Stamford next weekend with around 7,000 people preparing to take the challenge.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th April 2016, 1:24 pm
Action from the Rat Race at Burghley Park EMN-150905-180827009

Organised by adventure sports company Rat Race, the Dirty Weekend event will take place in the grounds of Burghley House on Saturday, May 7.

Across 20 miles and 
20 themed zones, participants will have to conquer more than 200 huge obstacles – more than any other event in the obstacle running market.

The challenges include a number of world record-breaking challenges along the way – including the world’s longest monkey bars, the biggest stand-alone structural obstacle, the highest platform jump, an unfeasibly long cat crawl, obstacle racing’s highest pyramid of hay bales and a huge after party.

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Other obstacles include energy-sapping inflatables, mud runs, huge wooden frames, vertical walls and the infamous Water Wipe Out zone.

This year also sees the return of the ‘Dirty Double Ultra’, where those who are brave enough are challenged to tackle not one, but two laps of the course.

For those who fancy having a go, but are not sure if they could manage the full course, there is also the Half Mucker event where competitors can enjoy 75 per cent of the obstacles and a 13-mile course.

Also at the event is the Young Mucker Race – a chance for 8 to 15 year olds to get a taste for the world’s biggest obstacle run. The Young Muckers will complete a 3km or 6km course.

Once over the finish line, runners and supporters alike will be invited to attend the Dirty Weekend after-party, complete with performances from live bands and DJs under a 5,000 capacity big top tent, food courts, a beer tent and a music stage headlined by Reverend and the Mackers and DJ Dave Pearce.

Entry to the 2016 event is open until capacity is reached and costs £135 per person or £130 per person when entered as a team of 5, and £125 per person for a team of 10. This entry fee includes access to the after party.

Supporter party tickets can also be purchased for £25.

To enter online, visit