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Iceni Magazine | August 3, 2021

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World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way To Norfolk Again

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way To Norfolk Again

Thanks To Twitter And Facebook Users

A huge 5k run featuring some of the world’s biggest inflatable obstacles is returning to Norfolk this weekend – and it’s all down to social media users from the county.

Gung-Ho! has toured the UK with its huge inflatable obstacle for four years, visiting Norfolk for the first time in 2017.

Now, thanks to tweets and messages sent to its @beGungho social media accounts, thousands more people will get the chance to take part in Gung-Ho! this Saturday, from 9am-2pm and Earlham Park, Norwich, with a host of new obstacles added to the course.

The event will take people young and old back to the days of Total Wipeout, Fun House and It’s A knockout with gigantic inflatables that require the same amount of air to inflate as more than 75 MILLION footballs.

Brains behind the event Alex Winters, a former Cbeebies presenter, said: “After we visited Norfolk last year we received so many messages on Twitter and Facebook from people who had taken part, asking us to come back.

“When we were drawing up regions to visit in 2018 we put Norfolk straight to the top of the list. Last year the atmosphere was amazing, and there were so many people dressed in incredible costumes as well as running for some fantastic causes.

“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.

“I have a feeling the city is going to enjoy an even bigger and better event this year. So come on down, bring the family, and get conquering some of the world’s biggest inflatables all in the name of fun!”

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way To Norfolk Again

More than 120,000 people have taken on Gung-Ho! since Alex first dreamed up the idea of a giant inflatable obstacle course for all the family in 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the team behind the event have added new obstacles including the 35m-long ‘Maniac’, an ‘Under Pressure’ maze and the slippery ‘Surfin’ USA.

Dad-of-three Alex added: “This will be our fourth year of touring, and so far it has been the best year yet.

“We added new obstacles and tweaked the course to make sure it is as fun as it can be for 2018, and the feedback so far has been fantastic.

World’s Biggest 5k On Its Way To Norfolk Again

“We can’t wait to see as many people as possible duck, weave, climb and slide their way across the course this Saturday. 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 hundreds of thousands of pounds already raised at previous events.

Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of the event’s national charity partner BBC Children in Need.

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.

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


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