Up to 5,000 thrill-seekers will hit speeds of 40MPH on Europe’s tallest inflatable slide when GUNG HO!, the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, comes to Norwich for the first time in 2017. There are ten obstacles to conquer at Gung-Ho! Seriously Fun 5k at Earlham Park on Saturday 16th September. The huge obstacles will be filled with enough air to pump up more than 100 Million footballs, making it the biggest course of its kind anywhere on the planet.
More than 80,000 people took on Gung-Ho!’s 13 events across the UK in 2016. This year, Norwich is one of the last stops on an eleven-date tour of the UK, with obstacles including a huge inflatable ball-pit, climbing wall and foam-filled labyrinth, as well as huge vertical drops and an inflatable ‘gauntlet’ set to feature.
With many runners taking part for charity in 2016, thousands of pounds are expected to be raised for good causes this time around. Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of the race’s national charity partner BBC Children in Need, who are offering discounted tickets and a free t-shirt to those who run as part of Team Pudsey. Runners, who must be at least 4ft tall, receive a free bib with race number, Gung-Ho! t-shirt and headband, while any spectators can attend for free.
Cbeebies presenter Alex Winters, the brains behind the event, came up with the idea of an inflatable obstacle course for all the family in 2014 while sat in front of the TV watching Ninja Warrior with his three children. That idea spawned a new craze with thousands taking part in Gung-Ho!’s first three events in 2015, before the hugely successful country-wide tour last year.
“I have no doubt everyone will be well up for what is a unique, fun-filled event for people of all ages. It is a chance for adults to feel like kids again, and kids to show the adults what they are made of.” Says Alex, “We have really turned things up a notch for 2017, and can’t wait to bring the fun to Norwich to give everyone a taste of it…So come on, sign yourselves up and show us just how Gung-Ho! you can go!”