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Iceni Magazine | July 18, 2018

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World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way Back To Norwich!

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way Back To Norwich!

Thrillseekers 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 region 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 Earlham Park, Norwich, on Saturday 15th September.

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 Nofolk the chance to roll back the years and act like a kid again!

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way Back To Norwich!

Alex Winters (left) on stage

“This will be a day out like no other. 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 taking part. We know Norfolk 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! here 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.

 World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way Back To Norwich!

A wave of runners about to set off with Alex Winters centre

“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. Info is available at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way Back To Norwich!

People of all ages can take part in Gung-Ho!

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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