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Thousands take part in 'dirty weekend'

Thousands of people have converged on Burghley House near Stamford for a dirty weekend. But it's not what you may think - the grounds of the house have been transformed into the longest and possibly muddiest, obstacle course.

Thousands took on the obstacle course Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 6000 people scrambled across 20 miles and 20 themed zones, conquering over 200 obstacles including the world's longest set of monkey bars and the longest cat crawl under netting.

"I think it kind of harks back to our inner childhood you know. People seem to really love it and certainly over the last couple of years people have very much embraced this type of event and this type of sport and leisure... There's plenty of water in the course, there are inflatables, things to jump off, plank walks, hay bales, lots of mud obviously and big scaffolding structures."

– Jim Mee - Rat Race Adventure Sports
The course is 20 miles long Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Health regulator takes further action to improve A&E services Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

The health regulator Monitor is taking further action to improve accident and emergency services at the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

It has appointed one of its officers to work alongside new leadership at the trust to ensure improvements are made.

Monitor has acted after the trust consistently failed to meet the national target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours.

Boy who was injured in Norfolk coach fall showing signs of improvement

The youngsters were travelling home after playing in a tournament at Holt Rugby Club in North Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A nine-year old boy from Stamford who was critically injured after falling from a coach is improving in hospital.

Sebastian Goold was seriously injured during an incident on the A47 at Tilney All Saints in Norfolk last month when he was returning home to Lincolnshire after a rugby tournament.

Norfolk Police said Sebastian remains in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is now described as in a serious but stable condition.

Thousands flock to Burghley House near Stamford to tackle the world's largest obstacle course

Around 6,000 people took part. Credit: PHA media

Around 6,000 people took part in the world's largest obstacle course near Stamford this weekend.

The grounds of the Burghley House country estate were transformed into the course.

The grounds of the Burghley House country estate was transformed into the course. Credit: PHA media

The 'Dirty Weekend' challenge was 20 miles long and had over 200 obstacles.

The world’s longest set of monkey bars and the world’s longest “cat crawl" were among the challenges on offer.

Harlequins Rugby Players tweet their support for coach fall boy

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Council objects to turquoise shop

A shop in Stamford near Peterborough which has been painted bright turquoise has been told it's out of character with the historic town.

The shop has been painted turquoise despite the council's objections Credit: ITV

The local council says it's unduly prominent and has previously rejected the store three times over its plans to paint the shop. The Council says it would like to see more muted colours.

Afghan troops to march in Stamford

Members of the RAF Regiment have returned from a tour of Helmand Province Credit: ITV News

Members of the RAF Regiment will march through Stamford near Peterborough today to mark their return from Afghanistan.

Three Squadron is based at nearby RAF Wittering. The squadron has spent six months defending the British base at Camp Bastion.

Rescue plan for cash strapped hospitals

A reprieve has been handed to two of the region's hospitals at the centre of a financial crisis.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust has been unable to balance the books since signing a private finance initiative to pay for a new hospital for Peterborough.

It cost £289 million to build and at the moment needs an extra £40 million a year just to keep it running. In the end it could cost one and a half billion pounds.

Now the NHS regulator Monitor has come up with a rescue package aimed at turning things around.

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