Monday, 21 September 2015

Gung-Ho Came To Newcastle

On Saturday September 19th Gung-Ho the fun 5k giant inflatable obstacle course came to Newcastle. If you are unsure of what Gung-Ho is where have you been hiding ? as it has been all over social media and the press for weeks. When we were invited to take part by the super lovely Alex Winters (yes the Cbeebies presenter ) I knew that we had to go as my daughter and partner were eager to take part and myself and the little two children tagged along to watch. 

Gung-Ho is like nothing you have ever seen before it is a 5k run but it is not any old run, oh no this is a 5k run that is an obstacle course and the obstacles are giant inflatables that are seriously fun. I am not just talking bouncy castles either they are really impressive huge inflatable obstacles that are fun for adults and older children. When I first seen them I really wished that I was taken part myself as they looked amazing. Their was a climbing wall, giant ball pool, foam filled maze and the giant Thriller which is a 5 storey high slide, which is Europe's biggest inflatable slide. 

The event was on for most of the day starting at 9 am with Waves of runners taken part every 15 minutes throughout the day. We were booked to take part at 9.30 am as my daughter Chloe who is 12 was taken part and the early morning sessions were quieter and I felt this would be better for her. We arrived at the event early and I was pleased that it was actually sunny for once here in the North East.


The event was clearly sign posted with ample parking available on site, when we arrived we headed to the registration tent to collect wristbands and numbers to show we were taken part. It was a really well organised event with lots of staff dotted around who were easily recognisably in florescent vests. There was lots of portaloos doted around and first aid and lost children tents. There was also lots of things to keep us spectators happy such as a free bouncy castle for little ones to enjoy, ice-cream vans and food and drink stalls. 

There was a stage near the start line playing music and with fitness instructors on stage helping the participating to warm up before the race. Alex done a wonderful job at keeping the audience entertained and was so cheerful and full of energy, waving each group of runners off to start the race. When it was time for Chloe to take part she entered a pen where the wave of runners in her time slot waited to start the race, only so many people can run at once so they set you off in groups. My other half Lee was meant to be taking part but he has damaged the tendons in his hand so was unable to compete, but he ran the course with Chloe to make sure she was ok and to take some photos.


The countdown started and as soon as Alex shouted "Be Gung-Ho" she was off and ran straight for the first obstacle which was giant stairs you had to climb up, she was one of the first over the other side and slid down the slide on the other side, which was amazing as so many people were falling back down and struggling to get up which was funny. Next it was a short jog to the next obstacle which was a climbing wall, she had a bit more trouble with this one being smaller then some of the other participants but the staff on hand give her a leg up and helped her over the wall.




After that the course went out of site of the spectators so Chloe had to tell me what it was like. After the climbing wall it was a 10 minute run to the next obstacle which was called the day tripper this looked like a giant connect four frame and it was big holes you had to jump through to get to the other side and everyone kept falling over on. 


Next up was the Labyrinth a maze filled with foam that you have to try and find your way out, this one was  really messy and funny as everyone got covered in foam. Another five minute run led to a giant ball pool which was a pit filled with giant inflatable balls and you had try and get your way out but you keep getting stuck between the moving giant 6ft balls.



Another five minute run to born slippy which is two ramps that are slippy and covered in  foam you have to run and jump over these. You jumped over one wall and then into a foam pit and then you had to jump over the second wall. 



The next obstacle was Chloe's favourite it was a climbing wall with a mini slide on the other side and it was really wet and slippy so whenever you tried to climb it you just slid back down again and it took her ten minutes to get over the wall but it was really funny as everyone kept falling down. 



Then it was the jungle which is 100 ft long obstacle course that you had to climb under tunnels, climb up stairs and down slides and dodge big balls that were hanging from the ceiling. This was great fun. Then it was time to go on walking on the moon a 5000 sq ft bouncy castle, this was really big and Chloe had to be helped onto it as it was so high and really bouncy. 



Then it was time for the grand finale the Thriller a 5 storey high and 200ft long giant inflatable slide, she quickly climbed up the steps and then went down the slide which looked amazing and leads to the finish line. She completed the course in around 45 minutes. When she finished she was given a t-shirt, wristband and headband at the finish line for taking part. She also grabbed a bottle of water. as she was exhausted, there was stands given out bottles of water around the course as well in case anyone needed a one.


We left the event in high spirits as it was such a great morning, Chloe had great fun on the course and I had great fun watching the event. There was lots of spectators and competitors and everyone was smiling and laughing and looked like they were having lots of fun. There was so many different people taken part from older children to adults and there was so many teams taken part for charities and people in fancy dress. As soon as Chloe finished the course she said that she wanted to do it again and the other half also said he wanted to take part too as it looked so much fun. 

So it is a good job that Gung-Ho is returning to Newcastle race-course on the 2nd July 2016 and tickets are available to book online on the Gung-Ho website www.begung-ho.co.uk now. Prices start at just £35 if you book before the 11th March, you get two free spectators per competitor and children under four can watch for free .Their is no age restrictions but you do need to be taller then 123 cm to take part, you don't have to run the course either you can walk it if you prefer as it is not a timed race it is all just about having fun.

Tickets to Gung-Ho would make a fantastic Christmas present for someone if you are struggling on what to buy this year. We will defiantly be going back and I am tempted to take part myself even though I am not in the least bit fit and have not ran for years, but it just looked like such a fun event. 

If you do not live in Newcastle then keep an eye on the website to see where Gung-Ho will be heading next year. If you live close to an event then I would really recommend going as it was so much fun and a lovely family day out that are whole family enjoyed. Don't forget if you live in London then Gung-Ho will be visiting this Saturday the 26th September at Windsor racecourse and  tickets are still available.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to Alex for inviting us along to Gung-Ho we had a great time and we will defiantly be returning next year. 

Disclosure We were kindly given free tickets to attend this event but all words and opinions in this article are my own. We genuinely loved it. 


You can follow Gung-Ho on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news and photos from the event's.

                    Follow Me : Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Bloglovin 




37 comments:

  1. Ah looks like such a good thing to do for older kids and teens (plus grown ups). Looks like Chloe had a fantastic time x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She really did have a fantastic time. It looked so much fun for children and adults everyone looked so happy taken part xx

      Delete
  2. Oh wow! That looks so much fun! It sounds like Chloe had such a great time! Fab photos x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really was lots of fun she is eager to do it again next year , your girls would love it too as it was so silly and great for older children xx

      Delete
  3. Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! I'd love to give it a go, although I imagine I'd be terrible and roll around laughing too much. I think it was recently in Manchester now I regret not taking a look! Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would be the same I would be falling over and laughing but it would be great fun xx

      Delete
  4. This looks awesome! I had never heard of this before so will now definitely be looking out for it. My husband and 4 children would love to do this with me I'm sure. (though, we may all get quite competitive about it!) Great post, Anna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It would be great to take part as a family. Yes keep an eye out as they will be announcing next years dates/ venues soon I imagine xx

      Delete
  5. Wow that looks amazing! What a fab day :)

    Gemma xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really was amazing Gemma, I could not believe how big some of the inflatables were xx

      Delete
  6. This looks intense but also like a lot of fun! I imagine it would feel like being on a game show like Gladiators which was one of my childhood fantasies haha. Not sure I have the stamina to make it all the way through though! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved Gladiators I use to watch it every Saturday night as a child haha. xx

      Delete
  7. This looks like a whole lot of fun! My two year old would have been all over those inflatables and the foam! What a fab way to get kids active :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is a lot of fun, great for teens who never want to get active these days and would rather spend all day on their mobiles xx

      Delete
  8. Oh wow, this sure does look like a good thing to do for those kids who are a little. Looks like Chloe had a fantastic time x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She did have an amazing time , she already wants to do it again xx

      Delete
  9. That looks great fun. I definitely think you should have a go next time. Love the fact that there are no age restrictions so it is a real family event.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am tempted to have a go next time , I am so unfit though. It really would be a great family event xx

      Delete
  10. I've not heard of this before, but it looks amazing! I'll have to find out if it's going to be near me, I'd love to have a go :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You really should attend if they do an event near you next year as it was amazing fun xx

      Delete
  11. Class. This is like Takeshis castle, that's if you ever watched it but I would love to do this. Looks great fun.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have seen Takeshis castle that was one weird tv show lol. xx

      Delete
  12. This looks like such an awesome day. I love things like this. I'm heading to the website to see if they have a local one for us in the north west. Perfect for a family day out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really was a great day I am sure big L would love it xx

      Delete
  13. I feel completely enlightened! I hadn't heard of Gung Ho before now, but it looks like a lot of fun. I'll be keeping an eye our for it coming to Nottingham now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was so much fun your teen would love it as it is great for acting like a kid again xx

      Delete
  14. OMG!!! I need to do this.
    I will be checking if they are in London or near-by anytime soon.
    My OH and sister would totally be up for it. Looks like you had a blast!
    Thanks for sharing sugar.

    Charlotte x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are in London this weekend, it would be great to take part with your oh and sister as it so much fun and a great way to spend the day xx

      Delete
  15. I hadn't heard of this event before but now I feel completely enlightened. It looks like a lot of fun and I will look out for it coming to Nottingham

    ReplyDelete
  16. I would love to give this a go and I have never been to Newcastle before! Your never too old to become a child again!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should visit Newcastle sometime it is a lovely city to visit for a weekend. You really are never too old to become a child again, one of the things I love the most about being a parent is having the chance to be a child again and relive my own childhood xx

      Delete
  17. wow this looks like so much fun, difficult but fun at the same time, well done for taking part and you got really lucky with weather, it looks fab

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We were really lucky with the weather as it is not sunny often here in the North East xx

      Delete
  18. This looks like the best of craic! Even I maybe could give it a go! My hubby did Hell and Back two weeks ago, which is like this only instead of inflatables it's all real. He's just about recovered! He's trying to convince me to do it but I flatly refuse. THis would probably be more up my street!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes do this one instead as this is all about having fun and being a big kid again xx

      Delete
  19. Oh this looks like amazing fun!! Wow Chloe has some patience, I would definitely have given up trying to get over that well long before 10 minutes passed!! This would be such a funny day out for a hen or stag do! xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh wow! My kids (and husband!) would LOVE to give this a go. Looks like so much fun :)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for commenting I read and reply to every single one.