Gorilla Marketing & Events has delivered the largest ‘Dirty Weekend’ mud-run obstacle course to-date, for event organiser Rat Race Events, at Burghley House, Lincolnshire. This year’s event was held on 6th May and saw an increase in competitor numbers of 800, taking them to a new high of 6500. In addition, it featured the tallest structure built by Gorilla at a Dirty Weekend to-date – the fearsome Final Furlong obstacle.
The Final Furlong scaffolding tower was the final obstacle, and at 12m in height it towered over the course. Competitors were, however, rewarded with a huge waterslide to end the race on the other side. First man down the slide was Mee, wearing nothing but a sock to protect his modesty, and having given it his seal of approval the race began.
Rat Race Events, managing director Jim Mee commented: “We like to add new challenges each year to keep the event fresh and exciting for participants, adding bigger and better obstacles. This year’s additions, the caravan, the ‘Salt & Pepper’ towers, and the much larger final obstacle The Final Furlong, have combined gruelling difficulty with plenty of fun-factor, especially the water slide that I simply had to test personally!”
Also, new for 2017 were two huge towers that straddled last year’s Ewok Village, these sent runners ten metres up into the forest canopy. Within the woodland area was the rollercoaster – a series of high level aerial walkways, whilst in open ground there was the new addition ‘The Disco Caravan’, which saw competitors clambering in and out through an old caravan to continue their way on the course.