Gung-Ho, Leeds – Review

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Gung-Ho, Leeds


by Daniel Roach

Gung-Ho! arrives in Leeds, bringing an army of friends and family together to combine fitness with fun. If you like a challenge that’s sociable and fun, then this is the event for you.

Thousands of people flock at Temple Newsam, some in training gear, but many others in fancy dress to participate in a 5-kilometre run or walk with 10 different inflatable obstacles to tackle along the way.

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One key thing to note: Gung-Ho! is not a race. Of course, you can push yourself, but the key purpose is to have fun.

The starting obstacle is a large bouncy ramp to climb, followed by the ageless fun part of sliding down the other side. For adults taking part it really is like reliving childhood memories. There are cages with giant bouncy balls to weave in and out of, climbing walls and a whole host of hoops to jump through. Plus, there are inflatable hills to conquer while all the time you’re surrounded by the beautiful surroundings that Temple Newsam has to offer.

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The big finale is a 30m-high slide, which from the ground doesn’t look too challenging. But once standing at the top it feels like you’re at the peak of Pen-y-ghent! The slide is covered in water and you travel at the speed of light, heart pumping, until you slam into a pit of foam. It’s extremely enjoyable and something I want to instantly do again.

The event is very well organised and immaculately put together. There are storage for bags and personal belongings and, after you complete the course, you are given a bandanna and t shirt. A nice touch to finish off the experience.

Whether you are doing Gung-Ho! for fun or for charity you are guaranteed to have a fun packed time.

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