Gung-Ho at the Meadows: tickets selling fast

Creator Alex Winters on The Thriller. Picture: supplied

Creator Alex Winters on The Thriller. Picture: supplied

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AROUND 4000 thrill-seekers will take on “Europe’s tallest inflatable slide” and “the world’s biggest bouncy inflatable” when Gung-Ho! arrives in the Capital for the first time.

The fun-filled 5k inflatable course will debut at the Meadows tomorrow, with runners of different ages set to slip and slide across several tricky obstacles.

And despite people signing up in large numbers, organisers stressed that tickets were still available for the race.

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CBeebies presenter Alex Winters, who dreamed up the madcap concept, said: “I really believe in Gung-Ho! and think it’s a brilliant event that’s really fun to do, but you can never be sure that people are going to agree with you and will want to do it.

“For me, Edinburgh was always the place I wanted to go. People were saying to me ‘are you sure you don’t want to go to Glasgow?’ but I love Edinburgh and was desperate to take Gung-Ho! there.

“I’ve been hoping, fingers crossed, that we would get people to understand it and want to do it, so to know that 4000 people are going to take part is genuinely brilliant.

“I can’t wait to see how Gung-Ho! the people of Edinburgh can go, and continue my tradition of having some deep-fried haggis and chips while I’m there.”

The slide is more than 72ft tall, the same height as three stacked double decker buses.

Children in Need is Gung-Ho!’s official national charity partner, while the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) is its local partner, and will raise funds through sponsorships, donations and providing paid stewards for the event.

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.”

Alex came up with the idea for an inflatable obstacle course while sitting in front of the TV – and that spawned a new craze with thousands taking part in Gung-Ho!’s first three events in 2015.

The Edinburgh event is the sixth stop on a 12-date tour and so far more than 20,000 people have taken part.

Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of BBC Children in Need, which has agreed to offer discounted tickets and a free T-shirt to those that pledge sponsorship and run as part of Team Pudsey via www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.

Runners must be at least 4ft tall and will receive a free bib with race number, Gung-Ho! T-shirt and headband, while spectators can attend for free and enjoy food stalls and music.

More information is available at www.begung-ho.co.uk.

Tickets cost £45 but prices increase closer to the event.

More information/bookings: http://begung-ho.co.uk/events/gung-ho-edinburgh-11-june-2016/

john.connell@edinburghnews.com