Training steps up for Rat Race

Barry Newman, 27, from St George's Barracks in North Luffenham, is running the Rat Race Dirty Weekend for Children with Cancer UK. EMN-150421-154359001

Barry Newman, 27, from St George's Barracks in North Luffenham, is running the Rat Race Dirty Weekend for Children with Cancer UK. EMN-150421-154359001

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A soldier is one of thousands of people training hard as they prepare to take on a gruelling 20-mile assault course next month.

The Rat Race Dirty Weekend event will take place in the grounds of Burghley House on Saturday, May 9.

Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 people to take part in the race, which is now in its third year. And one of those is soldier Barry Newman.

The 27-year-old is part of 16th Regiment Royal Artillery, based at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham. He is raising money for Children with Cancer UK, which is the event’s chosen charity, and hopes to hit his £500 target.

Barry said: “I do quite a lot of different runs for different charities. I normally pick a military-based charity but Children with Cancer UK was the charity that Rat Race is supporting.

“I’m more than a complete novice; I’ve done a couple of 10k runs, and two weeks ago I did my first 10k assault course. But this is my first big race.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous. I’ve been trying to get out running as much as I can.”

If you would like to sponsor Barry, visit www.justgiving.com/BazsRatRacePage

The assault course will be followed as usual by an afterparty, with live music from Ash and Craig Charles. There will also be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the most number of people running in their underwear the day before the race.

Organisers are looking for people to volunteer on the day. Volunteers get free entry to the afterparty and food and drink on the day.

Lauren Jones, who volunteered last year, said: “I was a valued member of the obstacles crew and it seemed like the whole of Stamford was cheering along with us.”

For more information on volunteering e-mail ratracecrew@outlook.com