World’s biggest fun-run to return to capital

Fun-loving Londoners will have the chance to roll back the years and conquer the world’s biggest fun-run – featuring huge new-and-improved obstacles – when it returns to the capital in 2018.

Gung-Ho! Seriously Fun 5k will take adults and kids back to the days of Total Wipeout, Fun House and It’s A Knockout as they clamber over and through giant inflatables.

The huge, fun-filled course – which includes giant mazes, walls, gauntlets and slides amongst other obstacles – will be filled with enough air to inflate more than 75 million footballs, and returns to three London locations in 2018.

Ruskin Park, Brixton, will host the event on Saturday, April 28, before Finsbury Park on Saturday, July 28 and Crystal Palace Park on Saturday, September 22.

Brains behind the event Alex Winters, a former CBeebies presenter, came up with the idea while watching an episode of Ninja Warrior back in 2014.

He said: “I grew up watching some of the great, classic TV shows of yesteryear like Fun House, It’s a Knockout and Gladiators.

“Like many others I dreamed of taking part in something like that, but never got the chance. Now I am giving the people of London the chance to roll back the years and act like a kid again.

“We always wanted to bring Gung-Ho! to London, and finally last year we managed it – and our nation’s capital did not disappoint. This year we are turning things up a notch by holding three huge events in the city.

“Each, I am sure, will be great fun for anyone who takes part. Anybody of any shape or size will be able to get round the course and we guarantee they will have an absolute blast in the process.

“We promise fun, thrills and spills for everyone. We know Londoners can really go Gung-Ho! after our last visit. Let’s see if they can go even more Gung Ho! in 2018.”

More than 100,000 people have taken on Gung-Ho! since Alex first dreamed up the idea of a giant inflatable obstacle course for all the family, with tens of thousands more expected after 22 events over a seven-month UK tour in 2018.

Alex added: “This will be our fourth year of touring, and we guarantee this will be the best year yet.

“We have brought Gung-Ho! to London before and as soon as the event was finished we knew we had to come back, so we are so pleased to be able to return for 2018.

“We have added new obstacles to make sure the course is as fun as it can be for 2018.

“We can’t wait to see as many people as possible duck, weave, climb and slide their way across the course. Tickets increase in price the closer we get to the event so book up now.”

Thousands of pounds are expected to be raised for good causes thanks to people taking part for charity, adding to tens of thousands of pounds already raised for good causes at previous events.

Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of the event’s national charity partner BBC Children in Need. Tickets are available at www.bbc.co.uk/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. Up to 5,000 runners can take part on the day.

Tickets and more information are available at www.begung-ho.co.uk. Check out Gung-Ho! updates by searching ‘Gung-Ho!’ on Facebook and on Twitter, at @begungho.


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