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5K inflatable fun run for charity coming to Scotland

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Wacky obstacle course is sure to be a hit

One of the UK’s wackiest obstacle courses is coming to Scotland with two charities set to benefit.

The 5K inflatable Gung-Ho! course is coming to Edinburgh on June 11 with BBC Children in Need signed up as the organiser’s national partner and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) as its local partner.

Fans of shows such as Total Wipeout and It’s A Knockout will love the course, which is made up of 10 giant inflatable obstacles that participants have to run, crawl and climb over to complete the challenge. These include gigantic ball pits, super-sized slides and a 5,000 square foot inflatable moon walk.

The course comes to The Meadows in Edinburgh, its only Scottish venue, during a visit of 11 towns and cities, starting with Manchester on 30 April and finishing in London on 10 September.

By pledging sponsorship to charity, participants will be eligible for a discounted ticket for £30.

In addition, all runners donating their sponsorship to BBC Children in Need will receive a free t-shirt and training support.

Speaking of the partnership, director of marketing at BBC Children in Need, Jonathan Rigby, said: “Not only is Gung-Ho! a fun, new way for supporters to engage with BBC Children in Need, but with 5,000 participants at each event and nearly as many spectators, it’s a fantastic opportunity to promote the charity.

“By taking part in Gung-Ho! for BBC Children in Need participants will be helping to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK. ”

Gillian McManus, senior community fundraiser at SAMH, said: “SAMH champions the use of physical activity and sport as a vehicle for improving and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to be chosen as the charity partner for the first Gung-Ho! in Edinburgh to help raise awareness of SAMH and mental health.”

Gung-Ho! co-founder and former CBeebies presenter, Alex Winters, added: “Whether people participate as part of a group or individually, these events are all about having fun. By encouraging people to pledge their sponsorship to charity though, we’ll be helping people do good whilst they’re at it.”

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Michelle Redmond
about 5 years ago
Hi,Really interested in getting approximately 40 people to take part in Gung Ho Scotland. We were looking for an event we could do to raise money for Sue Ryder (Hospice and Neurological care). From reading all the information it appears this would be possible as your charities of choice benefit from the entry fee is this correct ? Which we are happy to pay. Could you let me know at your earliest convenience that this would be ok. We wouldn't have a lot of publicity for the event and we are happy to advertise as taking part in the children in need inflatable 5k. Many thanks Michelle Redmond Area Manager retail Sue Ryder 07810092374